Stefano della Bella Costume Design for a Moorish Character, Half-Length. Italy (c. 1640s). Drawing, Pink and Grey Washes, 170 c 129 mm.
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"This drawing was probably originally intended as a costume design for one of the various pageants, masquerades and ballets of the Medici Court, particularly those organised the Accademia degli Immobili, under the patronage of Cardinal Carlo de’ Medici. It is interesting to note that, in each of the productions of the Accademia, a part was written for the Cardinal’s Moorish servant. Indeed, among a large group of full-length costume studies by Della Bella in the British Museum - from the same period and in the same technique as the drawing here exhibited - is a study of a costumed moor, possibly the same model. Five similar bust-length studies of female moors wearing elaborate headdresses, also drawn with pale washes of colour, are in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle."
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