The Egg Dance, Pieter Aertsen, 1552

The Egg Dance, Pieter Aertsen, 1552

oil on panel, h 84cm × w 172cm × w 20.5kg. More details

At right, in this brothel, a young man does an egg dance to the music of a bagpiper. While dancing, he had to roll an egg within a chalk circle – without it breaking – and to cover it with a wooden bowl. This ‘pointless’ amusement, along with the dissolute behaviour of the other figures, served as a moral warning against debauchery.

Immoral women Inns, taverns and brothels Peasants Pieter Aertsen

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