Antoine Caron

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Antoine Caron

The Water Festival at Bayonne, 24 June 1565

Numbered at lower left center, in brown ink, 5.

Black chalk, pen and brown ink and some black ink, gray-brown wash, heightened with white
13 11/16 x 19 3/8 inches (349 x 493 mm)

Purchased as the gift of the Fellows

Item description: 

This sheet is one of Caron’s six designs for the famous Valois tapestries now in the Uffizi. It depicts an elaborate water spectacle at Bayonne to celebrate a historic meeting of the French and Spanish courts. The notables of both courts boarded a magnificent boat in the shape of a castle and sailed through various canals to an island in the river, witnessing spectacles, including a mock whale hunt, along the way. A banquet was served and a ballet performed before the royal party returned as they had come.