The Weekend Special - Catherine de' Medici - Ballet

As a de' Medici, Catherine supported architecture and arts.
One of the new art forms was ballet.


Painting of a Ballet dancer
source picture: Wikipedia

Ballet quickly spread to the French Court of Catherine de' Medici, although the
creation of classical ballet (as it is known today) was under Louis XIV.

In 1581, there was the production of the Ballet Comique de la Reine
This is regarded by scholars as the first authentic ballet. 


Ballet Dancer
Source picture: Wikipedia


Ballet Comique de la Reine
Source picture: Wikipedia

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