Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Book of Hours in Latin and French known as Les Heures de Abbot Guillaume de Bracque for whom it was written and illuminated between 1516 and 1574 (folios 48 verso and recto)
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Book of Hours in Latin and French known as Les Heures de Abbot Guillaume de Bracque for whom it was written and illuminated between 1516 and 1547
Monday, February 20, 2017
Book of Hours known as Les Heures de Guillaume de Bracque for whom it was written and illuminated between 1516 and 1547 (folio 48 recto)
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Lucas van Gassel (Dutch artist, 1490-1568) A 1500s depiction of palace grounds illustrating the temptations of David & Bathsheba using Tennis & Beugelen
The principal literary source of inspiration for this paintings came from the pen of Antonio de Guevara, in particular his Del Menosprecio de la corte y alabanzade la aldea (A Dispraise of the Life of a Courtier), published in 1539. At the end of his preface to the Menosprecio, the author refers to the adultery of David & Bathsheba, as described in the bible. Gassel probably included the maze in his paintings as a tempting symbol of courtly pleasures from which it would be difficult to escape. The subject obviously appealed to the nobility, because between 1540-1560, about 12 copies were made at Gassel’s workshop of the original, all very similar in their layout & all including games such as beugelen & an open tennis court.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Lucas van Gassel (Dutch artist, 1490-1568) Landscape with courtly pleasure grounds illustrating David & Bathsheba's temptations with Tennis & Beugelen
Tennis is visible on the right side of these paintings, and in a smaller walled area on the left is a court for an early form of beugelen (a Belgian/Dutch game, sometimes called farmers' golf), though it looks suspiciously like lawn billiards, which claims common ancestry with the French pall mall.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Sports and Games - 16C Gardens & Grounds at Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor's imperial court of Augsburg where Golf & Tennis became religious symbols
Henri met de Bles (Southern Netherlandish artist, 1480-1555) Gardens & Grounds at Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor's imperial court of Augsburg.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
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.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Monday, February 6, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Klos Course at Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, manufactured by J. Call Sr. edited by Peter Schenk I (1661-1713). 1688 - 1700.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Adriaen van de Velde (Dutch, 1636-1672) Skittle Players in a partially fenced & hedged clearing shared with a pet dog and a few hungry chickens.
Friday, February 3, 2017
A Czech boy with a mallet (4) drives a tennis-sized wooden ball to an iron ring and (3) portrays skittles pins played in a small, enclosed area. Orbis Sensualium Pictus (The Visible World, first edition 1657), a woodcut from the text by Johann Amos Comenius. Orbis Pictus, or Orbis Sensualium Pictus (The Visible World in Pictures) is a textbook for children written by Czech educator Comenius. It is a prototype of a children’s encyclopedia and is considered to be one of the first picture books intended for children.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
1531 Illustration to Cicero, 'Officia' Augsburg, by Hans Weiditz (German artist, c1500-c1536) Published by Heinrich Steiner (fl.1530). Here is an enclosed garden. In 16C manor houses, these enclosed spaces often represented a garden of earthly delights. Enclosed within wattle fences, with grass treated as a flowery mead planted with low-growing wild flowers & herbs. Birds & visitors fill the air with music.