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Dance in Europe: From Middle Ages to 18th Century.Created by: PICRYLDated: 2017
Selected plates from The art of dancing explained by reading and figures
During Middle Ages, Church considered dance as a sin and condemned it. Records of Medieval dance are fragmented and limited, but a noteworthy dance reference from the medieval period is the allegory of the Danse Macabre.
During the Renaissance, dance experienced growing popularity. Country dances, performed for pleasure, became distinct from court dances, which had ceremonial and political functions.
In Germany, originated from a modified ländler, the waltz was introduced in all the European courts.
The 16th century Queen of France Catherine de' Medici promoted and popularized dance in France and helped develop the ballet de cour. The production of the Ballet Comique de la Reine in 1581 is regarded by scholars as the first authentic ballet. In the 17th century, the French minuet, characterized by its bows, courtesies and gallant gestures, permeated the European cultural landscape.
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[Dancing peasant couple] / AD [monogram].

[Dancing peasant couple] / AD [monogram].

Bradley Collection (Library of Congress). Meder, 88

[The dances at their great feasts]

[The dances at their great feasts]

Native men and women dancing around a circle defined by posts with carved faces, three Native women stand together in the center of circle. Illus. in: Admiranda narratio, fida tamen, de commodis et incolarvm ri... more

The mitred minuet

The mitred minuet

Print shows four Anglican bishops joining hands and dancing around a copy of the "Quebec Bill" which lies at their feet, on the left, Lord Bute, playing the bagpipes, and Lord North stand with another minister ... more

[Indians dancing around two people at stake by fire] / S. Folwell, delt. ; P.R. Maverick, sct. N.Y.

[Indians dancing around two people at stake by fire] / S. Folwell, del...

Reference copy also available in LOT 4709-K. Illus. in: Affecting history of the dreadful distresses of Frederic Manheim's family, 1794, vol. 15, no. 3, frontis.

Ci-devant occupations-or-Madame Taliah and the Empress Josephine dancing naked before Barrass in the winter of 1797.-A fact! / Js Gillray dest & fect.

Ci-devant occupations-or-Madame Taliah and the Empress Josephine danci...

Josephine and Madame Tallien dance naked behind transparent drapery while Napoleon and Barras watch. Forms part of : British Cartoon Prints Collection (Library of Congress).

Ein Tanz der Indianer in der Mission von St. José in Neu-Californien

Ein Tanz der Indianer in der Mission von St. José in Neu-Californien

Illustration shows a group of Native Americans with their bodies painted and wearing feathers in their hair, dancing in a clearing. Title from item. Illus. in: Bemerkungen auf einer reise um die welt in den jah... more

The Yellow Kid

The Yellow Kid

Cover showing illustration of the Yellow Kid for a flip book which depicts, when flipped, the Yellow Kid in a dance routine. Title from item. Copyright 1897 by H.H. Wills. Exhibited: American Treasures of the L... more

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