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Name of Object:

La Reine de Saba: 14 costume sketches


Paris, France

Holding Museum:

National Library of France



Type of object:



Alfred Albert and Paul Lormier


Charles Gounod turned to the librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carré for advice when he was writing his great opera, and so they recommended him the legend of Hiram, the great tale narrated by Gérard de Nervale in his Voyage en Orient. The opera was put on in Paris in 1862. As this costume from the court of Suleiman shows, the models and costumes responded above all to the Orientalist stereotypes in vogue at the time.

Citation of this web page:

 "La Reine de Saba: 14 costume sketches" in Sharing History , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=sh_objects;AWE;fr;178;en&id=theatre

Translation by: Flaminia Baldwin

MWNF Working Number: FR 178