Significant gesture in late medieval and early modern art
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This board is about deliberate gestures as depicted in late medieval and early modern European art (and thus some of the gestures are no longer current), and what may reasonably be inferred as to their meaning. From my pins it will be apparent how frequently it is the Fool who is the Significant Gesturer. Happy to be emailed offsite about anything here: malcmjones1@gmail.com
« Le Livre des hystoires du Mirouer du monde », depuis la création, jusqu'après la dictature de Quintus Cincinnatus Date d'édition : 1401-1500 Type : manuscrit Langue :	 Français  Droits : domaine public Identifiant : ark:/12148/btv1b52000962r

« Le Livre des hystoires du Mirouer du monde », depuis la création, jusqu'après la dictature de Quintus Cincinnatus Date d'édition : 1401-1500 Type : manuscrit Langue : Français Droits : domaine public Identifiant : ark:/12148/btv1b52000962r

renaissance-nord-anonyme-chanson de fous.jpg

Seems to be known as "chanson de fous" [fools' song] -- presumably German or Netherlandish, early Is the musical notation authentic? song-sheet appears to rea "Ghisaet" or "Thisaet"?

fool makes 'nose-tap' gesture signifying, "I'm no fool! I know what you're up to!" nudge, nudge, wink, wink, know what I mean? DETAIL FROM NEXT]

fool makes 'nose-tap' gesture signifying, "I'm no fool! I know what you're up to!" nudge, nudge, wink, wink, know what I mean? DETAIL FROM NEXT]

fool making an insulting gesture directed at Christ -- detail of NEXT, part of the mural decoration in the Danish church of Marvede, painted c.1500 REPINNED FROM MY NEW "LATE MEDIEVAL SCANDINAVIAN CHURCH WALL PAINTINGS" BOARD

fool making an insulting gesture directed at Christ -- detail of NEXT, part of the mural decoration in the Danish church of Marvede, painted

grimacer/girner making an insulting gesture - detail of wall-painting in the church at Harnevi, Uppland, Sweden, painted by Albertus Pictor in the 1480s  Like several other examples of this motif, the painting has been so composed that a ventilation hole acts as the mouth of the grimacer REPINNED FROM MY NEW "LATE MEDIEVAL SCANDINAVIAN CHURCH WALL PAINTINGS" BOARD

grimacer/girner making an insulting gesture - detail of wall-painting in the church at Harnevi, Uppland, Sweden, painted by Albertus Pictor in the

print engraved by Hollar c.1640. Pennington [no.487] calls it "Lechery". BM impression. Imprint line cropped -- appears in Stent's 1662 catalogue as "The vile whoremaster". Copies (in reverse) Bosse's "L'Homme fourre de malice" of c.1634

print engraved by Hollar Pennington calls it "Lechery". Imprint line cropped -- appears in Stent's 1662 catalogue as "The vile whoremaster". Copies (in reverse) Bosse's "L'Homme fourre de malice" of

grimacer distorts mouth laterally with fingers -- detail of the mural decoration in the Swedish church of Estuna, Uppland, painted c1463

grimacer distorts mouth laterally with fingers -- detail of the mural decoration in the Swedish church of Estuna, Uppland, painted

DETAIL OF PREVIOUS  [REPINNED FROM MY "ALLEGORICAL BALANCES" BOARD] The Latin verse which accompanies this allegorical balance in which literature/learning outweighs worldly vanities, explains that such are gone in the snap-of-a-finger [CREPITVS PRESSO POLLICE] and the unknown ?Flemish artist has shown Chaloner's fingers having just performed such a snap!

DETAIL OF PREVIOUS [REPINNED FROM MY "ALLEGORICAL BALANCES" BOARD] The Latin verse which accompanies this allegorical balance in which literature/learning outweighs worldly vanities, explains that such are gone in the snap-of-a-finger [CREPITVS PRESSO POLLICE] and the unknown ?Flemish artist has shown Chaloner's fingers having just performed such a snap!

arms folded signifying melancholy -- The melancholy lover from the titlepage, engraved by Christof le Blon, to the 3rd edition of Robert Burton's "The Anatomy of Malancholy" (1628).

arms folded signifying melancholy -- The melancholy lover from the titlepage, engraved by Christof le Blon, to the edition of Robert Burton's "The Anatomy of Malancholy"

tapestry apparently in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich -- here as reproduced in Hefner-Altaneck, "Trachten, Kunstwerke..." (1880s) vol.7 pl490. Women breaking flax -- but one standing idly hands on hips. German, dated 1544. Banderole: "manche retschet vor der tur/ viel besser sei [recte 'sie'] spint im hub darfur 1544" [many gossip before the door/ much better they should be spinning at home] But note the historical gesture! In 1544 hands on hips already signalled idleness!

tapestry apparently in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich -- here as reproduced in Hefner-Altaneck, "Trachten, Kunstwerke..." (1880s) vol.7 pl490. Women breaking flax -- but one standing idly hands on hips. German, dated 1544. Banderole: "manche retschet vor der tur/ viel besser sei [recte 'sie'] spint im hub darfur 1544" [many gossip before the door/ much better they should be spinning at home] But note the historical gesture! In 1544 hands on hips already signalled idleness!

Zijl, Roeloff van -- Elisa door de kinderen bespot, 1625-1630

Zijl, Roeloff van -- Elisa door de kinderen bespot, 1625-1630

'portrait' of the Minnesanger, Walter von der Vogelweide from the early 14C "Manessische Liederhandschrift" illuminated in Zurich and now in the Heidelberg UL. It is clear from the poem the portrait 'illustrates' -- and in which he dscribed this gesture in great detail -- that it conveys deep thought.

'portrait' of the Minnesanger, Walter von der Vogelweide from the early 14C "Manessische Liederhandschrift" illuminated in Zurich and now in the Heidelberg UL. It is clear from the poem the portrait 'illustrates' -- and in which he dscribed this gesture in great detail -- that it conveys deep thought.

nose-tap -- here as demonstrated by Laigniet's 'Contented Cuckold' from his "Recueil des Proverbes" c.1660

nose-tap -- here as demonstrated by Laigniet's 'Contented Cuckold' from his "Recueil des Proverbes"

Christ carrying the cross is insulted by passers-by [for details SEE PREVIOUS]  REPINNED FROM MY NEW "LATE MEDIEVAL SCANDINAVIAN CHURCH WALL PAINTINGS" BOARD

Christ carrying the cross is insulted by passers-by [for details SEE PREVIOUS]

arms folded signifying sloth (1569) [DETAIL OF PREVIOUS]

'Once,' said the Mock Turtle at last, with a deep sigh, 'I was a real Turtle.

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