Saturday, February 11, 2017

Before Public Gardens & Parks - 16C Elite Golf & Tennis as symbols of David & Bathsheba

Lucas van Gassel (Dutch artist, 1490-1568) The grounds of a Renaissance palace illustrating episodes from the story of David & Bathsheba using Tennis & Beugelen

During the 1500s, artist Lucas Gassel of Helmond 1490-1568 & some of his contemporaries, painted landscapes of Charles V's main palace & its extensive gardens.  They used them to illustrate the biblical story of David & Bathsheba.  They saw the emperor’s extensive gardens as a perfect setting to play a game of tennis, buegelen, or a variety of other courtly pastimes which served as tempting symbols of courtly pleasures easier to enter than to escape.