A Game of Balloon: the Precursor to Volleyball?

Giornale Nuovo blog posted 8 fantastic paintings (circa 1626) by Adriaen van de Venne [wiki], a Dutch Baroque painter. This particular one above is A Game of Balloon, apparently a volleyball-like game of the Renaissance period.

Link - via Scribal Terror

Volleyball was supposedly invented in Holyoke, Mass. USA in 1895. Basketball was also invented in Holyoke by Dr. Gabler, but he allowed his colleague Dr. Naismith to take the credit.
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