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Dances appellées mitotes
Additional title: Danses appellées mitotes
Bry, Theodor de, 1528-1598 (Associated name)

Prints depicting dance


Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1700 - 1799 (Questionable)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFD Anon Mit 1
Dance -- Mexico
Ritual and ceremonial dancing -- Mexico
Mitote (Dance)
Biographical/historical: Two other versions of this print, each titled in a different language, are held by the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, and posted on its online JCB Archive of Early American Images. According to the JCB Archive, both derive from an engraving by Theodor de Bry, published in the series America, Pt. 9, 3rd part, plate 11, accompanying a description of dances of the Mexicans. The print titled Danças llamadas mitotes was published in Antwerp in 1728; the print titled Tänze Mitotes was published in Halle, Germany, in 1752. Although the prints differ in details, the figures of the man balancing on another man's shoulders are a prominent part of all three. As copies of an engraving that was itself based on an original image by another artist, these prints are several times removed from the actual observation of the scene.
Biographical/historical: Theodor de Bry, born in Liège, was an engraver, printmaker, publisher, and goldsmith. Although he is best known for his engraved illustrations to the series America, which began to appear in the 1590s, he never set foot in the New World himself, but based his engravings on works by the watercolorist John White and the artist Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, who did the actual traveling.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : etching, b&w ; 12 x 17 cm.
Representation of the mitote, a ritual dance of the native Mexicans. A men's dance, it is said to involve standing on each other's shoulders and ropewalking, both of which are depicted here in an outdoor setting, along with other activities. Some of the men wear headdresses and skirts apparently made of feathers or leaves. The long-haired figure at right, seen from the back, appears to be a female observer. A western sailing ship appears on the waters in the background.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 771303666
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19477876
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 091cdc00-f036-0132-74ff-58d385a7b928
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1528: Creator Born
  • 1598: Creator Died
  • 1700: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dances appellées mitotes" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1700 - 1799. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bc009810-f03b-0132-a8b9-58d385a7bbd0

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dances appellées mitotes" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 19, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bc009810-f03b-0132-a8b9-58d385a7bbd0

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1700 - 1799). Dances appellées mitotes Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bc009810-f03b-0132-a8b9-58d385a7bbd0

Wikipedia Citation

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Dances appellées mitotes