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Giulio Parigi (1571-1635)
Giulio Parigi (1571-1635)

A fantastic figure on horseback holding a conch: design for a cavalcade

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Giulio Parigi (1571-1635)
A fantastic figure on horseback holding a conch: design for a cavalcade
black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, watercolour, squared in black lead
377 x 290 mm.

Lot Essay

Probably a costume design for the equestrian ballet Guerra di Bellezza performed in the Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, on 16 October 1615, A.M. Nagler, Theatre Festivals of the Medici, New Haven and London, 1964, pp. 128-30. The occasion was the state visit of Federigo della Rovere of Urbino, the bridegroom of Claudia de'Medici. The stage set was designed by Giulio Parigi and was recorded by Callot in his etching illustrated in Jacques Callot, exhib. cat., Nancy, Muse historique lorrain, 1992, no. 90 (Lieure 182). The performance included no fewer than 300 foot soldiers and 42 horsemen.
This figure might have been part of the Thetis' retinue, which included Sirens, Nereids and Tritons. Her carriage was decorated with coral, shells, and sea sponges and was also recorded in an etching by Callot, A.M. Nagler, op. cit., fig. 97 (Lieure 183).
The present drawing is comparable in handling to another of Fame for the same ballet, A.M. Nagler, op. cit., fig. 95. Two other comparable costume designs for the equestrian ballet Guerra d'Amore performed in February of the same year are in the Biblioteca Nazionale, Florence, C. Thiem, Florentiner Zeichner des Frhbarock, Munich, 1977, nos. 114-5.
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