Saturday, October 8, 2016

Before Commercial Pleasure Gardens - 17C Listening to Music at a Local Tavern or Inn

Outdoor spaces were the scene of amusements & recreation at everyday inns & taverns in the centuries before more dignified commercial public pleasure gardens blossomed on both sides of the Atlantic. Public pleasure gardens & grounds became 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.  
Adriaen Jansz Van Ostade (1610-1685) The Violinist.  Music outside the local tavern.