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The Egg Dance, ca. 1626 - 1676

  • heightened, burin engraving, paper, watercolour
  • 227 x 296 mm
  • Inv. 2014-LO

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A young man dances to the music of two charivari musicians and a bagpiper in a circle around an egg. Above his head a signboard showing the middle part of a man's trousers, a reference to the erotic nature of the egg dance. On the left, a drinking party looks on. Behind the dancing man, a woman is embraced by a man. In the background, a dancing group and a bagpiper. Above, a one-line text in Latin. Below in the margin a four-line caption in French and Dutch.


Anonymous Master
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Maerten de Vos RKD Wikidata
Antwerp 1532 - Antwerp 1603

Joannes Galle RKD
Antwerp 1600 - Antwerp 1676

Title The Egg Dance
Date ca. 1626 - 1676
Period 17th century
Medium and support heightened
burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings inscription in the depiction, bottom centre: M. de Vos invent.
inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: Ioan. Galle excud.
inscription outside the depiction, top centre: Has ducunt choreas, qui bacchanalia vivunt.
inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: un: malade riroit, voiant [...] /// .. sa peinture un coeur vivant perçer?
inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: Ghijs bollaert, bouwen blaupype, en [...] /// ...allen over deij te danssen.
inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: D.
stamps (tools) on the reverse: Stad Gent / Museum voor schone kunsten
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
reproductive prints AAT
Inventory number 2014-LO
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300139140 genre pictures AAT
Keywords Iconclass 25I22 prospect of village, silhouette of village Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
41A711 table Iconclass
41A723 bench Iconclass
41C12 drinking Iconclass
41C64 dairy products and eggs Iconclass
41C642 eggs, egg-dishes Iconclass
41D231 trousers, breeches Iconclass
43A festivities Iconclass
43A2 private festivities, merry company Iconclass
43A4 public festivities Iconclass
43C4 games of skill Iconclass
43C9 dancing Iconclass
43C943 group dancing around someone or something (folk dancing) Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
48C8421 male dancer Iconclass
48CC75 making music; musician with instrument - CC - out of doors Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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