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Fresco at Casa Borromeo shows Female Ball Players

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Females
City/State/Country: Milan, Italy
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Adult
Text

In a ground floor room at the Casa Borromeo in Milan, Italy is a room with wall murals depicting the amusements of Fifteenth Century nobility.  One of the images depicts five noble women playing some sort of bat and ball game.  One woman holds a bat and is preparing to hit a ball to a group of four women who prepare to catch the ball using the folds of their dresses.  This Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs published an article about the Casa Borromeo frescoes in 1918 and included a black and white photo of the female ball players.  A color version of the fresco is available online.

Sources

Lionel Cust, "The Frescoes in the Casa Borromeo at Milan," The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, Vol. 33, No. 184 (July 1918), 8.  Link to color image:  http://www.storiadimilano.it/Arte/giochiborromeo/giochiborromeo.htm

Comment

Note: This drawing is listed as "contemporary" on the premise that it was meant to depict ballplaying in the 1400s.

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Submitted by Deb Shattuck
Submission Note Posted 10/4/2013



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