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about deliberate gestures as depicted in late medieval and early modern European art (and thus some of the gestures are no longer current), and what may reasonably be inferred as to their meaning.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: email@example.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
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 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!
'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.