Sunday, September 6, 2015

16C Etiquette for Gentlemen at Dancing Celebrations, even ourdoors

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Belgian painter, 1525-1569) Rustic Outdoor Wedding

Fabritio Caroso, Il Ballarino (1581)
"Furthermore never fart when you are dancing; grit your teeth and compel your arse to hold back the fart... Do not have a dripping nose and do not dribble at the mouth. No woman desires a man with rabies. And refrain from spitting before the maidens, because that makes one sick and even revolts the stomach.  If you spit or blow your nose or sneeze, remember to turn your head away after the spasm; and remember not to wipe your nose with your fingers; do it properly with a white handkerchief. Do not eat either leeks or onions because they leave an unpleasant odour in the mouth."  Antonius Arena, Leges dansandi (1530)

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Belgian painter, 1525-1569) The Peasant Dance Outdoors 1568

"Never doze during the ball, please, my good companion: sleeping during the dance is like denying God."
Antonius Arena, Leges dansandi (1530)

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Belgian painter, 1525-1569) Open Air Wedding 

"You must always be garbed to perfection and your codpiece must be well tied. We sometimes see codpieces slip to the ground during the basse dance so you must tie them well." 
Antonius Arena, Leges dansandi (1530)