Castelane dansante a l'opera / R.B. del.

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Robert Bonnart
Castelane dansante a l'opera / R.B. del.
[Paris] : N Bonnart, [ca. 1690-1710]
[Paris] : N. Bonnart, [ca. 1690-1710]

Although most of the dressed prints in the library's collection were made between 1690 and 1710, the later date of the fabrics indicates that they were "dressed" some forty or fifty years later. The correct French term for the process is découpé. Its translation, literally "cut-out", gives some idea of what was involved. Portions of the print were cut out and faced from the reverse side with fabric corresponding to parts of the costume. What remained of the print was skillfully tinted with watercolor.


Full-length portrait of a female entertainer, dancing and using castanets. She is probably from the Lully opera "Amadis de Gaule", which made its debut in Paris in 1648.

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