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Dancing king

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27 November 2008

Is this Nero? Mary Beard asks the question about this Apollo figure in a painting from a building outside Pompeii which he may have visited

Is this Nero? Mary Beard asks the question about this Apollo figure in a painting from a building outside Pompeii which he may have visited

Dance in the Renaissance: European fashion, French obsession
Margaret M. McGowan

Yale, £35 (978-0-300-11557-4)
Church Times Bookshop £31.50)

Drawing by Primaticcio of a Turkish costume worn by François Ier (the King of France who met Henry VIII at the Field of the Cloth of Gold) at a mascarade at Blois in the 1540s. From the book. Dance was an important part of a royal strategy to keep the courtiers busy and impress the neighbours. Professor McGowan explains this and much more in a substantuial study that includes 100 illustrations, many of them rare.

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