This note examines some aspects of the iconography of the costume designs of the chief designer for the French ballets de cour in the 1620s and 1630s, locating a tradition of caricature and grotesquerie at least a hundred years old, with its origins in German graphic art.
John H. Astingtion is Professor of English and Graduate Drama at the University of Toronto. His publications include English Court Theatre, 1558-1642 (1999), and the chapter on "Playhouses, Players, and Playogers in Shakespeare's Time" in The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies (2001). His work on the intersection between theatrical and visual culture has been published in various books and journals; other essays on this subject are forthcoming in Theatre Survery and The Oxford Middleton.
Astingtion, John H..
'Daniel Rabel and the Grotesque'.
4.1 (2001): 101-9 (paper). Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/earlytheatre/vol4/iss1/7