Aertsen's Egg Dance

Aertsen's Egg Dance
Aertsen's Egg Dance
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The Dutch artist Pieter Aertsen painted this canvas in 1542, which is now part of the collection of Renaissance paintings at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

This artist was one of the first Dutch painters who decided to paint scenes with a strong rural character. A very common theme in Flemish painting and of which there are many other examples by various artists, and as an example it serves to contemplate the Village Wedding of Brueghel the Elderof that same 16th century or the Feast of the Baptism of Jan Steen, already from the later century. Although the truth is that types of images abound in Dutch art, both from the period of the Renaissance and the Baroque.

Aertsen's Egg Dance

Aertsen's Egg Dance

In this case Aertsen does not show a work called the Dance of the Eggs, a fairly common entertainment at the time. The entertainment consisted in the fact that there was a person who, dancing, must have been able to get an egg out of a basin, but for this he could only use his feet. But the difficulty of this game did not end here. Since after taking it out he had to leave it on the ground and keep it inside a circle drawn with chalk, to finally end up covering it with an upside down cup. And of course only using the feet. The result is obvious, they broke a lot ofeggs before any participant achieved such a feat. Because in addition, in the painting you can see that on the ground there are different objects scattered on the ground such as swords, the typical Dutch clogs or klompen or various vessels, which could not be touched during the dance.

The mechanics of the game are very clear in this frame, in which a young man is dancing to meet the challenge, while the rest of the people of the village are watching and cheering. However, all of that occupies the background and the right half of the work.

The great protagonist of the image is in the other half and occupies the entire foreground. He is a character who is suspected to have already drunk a few beers, and sitting somewhat unseemly, he is unable to keep his hands to himself, that is, not complying with the rules of the game.

This character that dominates the entire composition is typical of Aertsen's art, since he painted this type of scenes set in rural areas, but he always gave his images a certain ridiculous tone and was somehow provoking mockery about Dutch farmers and ranchers.

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