Friday, January 20, 2017

Before Public Gardens & Parks - 17C Elites Making Music on a Private Garden Terrace

Exclusive gardens & garden terraces were the scene of outdoor amusements & recreation for the upper classes & royalty in the centuries before more egalitarian commercial public pleasure gardens blossomed on both sides of the Atlantic. For recreation, elites also enjoyed promenading, especially in a public place, to meet or to be seen & admired by others. Later, Public Pleasure Gardens & Grounds became acceptable places to meet neighbors & travelers passing through; to exchange news; to meet lovers; to play sports & games; to eat & drink; to watch entertainments; to promenade for recreation; to conduct business; to see & be seen.
1620 Dirck Hals  (Dutch Baroque Era painter, 1591-1656) Music Making on the Terrace. Dogs oblivious to the music.