School of Jean Bérain the Younger

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School of Jean Bérain the Younger
Costume for a Courtly Ballet: A River God
ca. 1710-15
Pen and black ink and wash, watercolor on paper.
9 5/16 x 7 3/16 inches (236 x 182 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Donald M. Oenslager, 1982.

This design replicates, in reverse but with less color and detail, a costume designed in 1676 by Jean I Berain for a River God featured in the divertissement of Act IV in the opera "Atys" by Jean-Baptiste Lully (Musee Conde, Chantilly, 2013.0.24). The differences between the two drawings indicates the designer responsible for the Morgan sheet is likely from the next generation, possibly Berain's son, Jean Berain the Younger or a member of his workshop. The younger Berain took over at the Opera following his father's death in 1711.

Donald M. Oenslager (1902-1975), New York; by descent to his wife, Mary P. Oenslager (1897-1995), New York.
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Oenslager, Donald, 1902-1975, former owner.