Tuesday, May 23, 2017

17C Elegant figures playing Musical Instruments by a Maypole by Pieter Gysels (1621-1691)

17C Pieter Gysels (1621-1691) Elegant figures playing Musical Instruments around a Maypole next to a Formal Garden

Morning Madonna

Master of Moulins, Madonna & Child, 1490

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Monday, May 22, 2017

May 1800s - Robert Walker Macbeth (1848-1910) - Maypole scene

1800s Robert Walker Macbeth (1848-1910) - Maypole scene depicting an earlier era

Morning Madonna

Unknown Master, Flemish (late 15C in Brussels) Virgin and Child crowned by 2 Angels

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 20C - Still Dancing around the Maypole



The best known Maypole dance is called The Flower

The dance takes place in two opposing directions , the women rotate counter-clockwise, while men in the clockwise direction. Each time a man and a woman meet by dancing, exchange roles; the woman goes outside and inside the man and so on. In this way, we simulate the courtship ritual among the dancers. It's important to maintain a steady pace so that the distance between the dancers remains uniform.

 An elementary Maypole dance is called A Simple Figure

Another Maypole dance one exists in a more simple in which the group of women form a smaller circle, in the vicinity of the pole, while the group of men form an outer circle (the distance between the two groups is about 3 steps). As the diagram men turn clockwise and women perform a tighter turning counter-clockwise so that their tapes are wrapped first in a spiral, above which is going to tighten the spiral of men.

 A more complicated dance is called The Spider

ONE WAY - The two groups of dancers remain at a certain distance (about two steps) with the innermost circle of women, while dancing They stay with their backs to the pole and taking the tape taut with both hands folded in chest, but men are the ones that perform the dance starting vaulted frontal with respect to the pole and coupled with his lady. The man takes a first rotary motion, turning away from his left side around the woman, and then continuing clockwise to the next woman to perform the same movement.

TWO-WAY Men and women alternate in the rotational movement of the FIRST WAY: When men (and women who remain stationary) and once women (with men who are at a standstill). The arrangement of the pairs to see all the dancers start with the right side facing towards the pole in order to make a clockwise rotation and arranged for couples with women slightly away a little 'more in and ahead of the companion.

There are many variations of these Maypole dances depending on the location in which these dances are practiced. The number of participants varies depending on the size which should not fall below 8 ribbons or tapes.

Morning Madonna

Unknown Master, Italian (active 1520s in Florence). Virgin and Child with Four Saints

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 1890 - Golden Yellow Raspberries & Children dancing around a Maypole on Seed Catalog

1890 Golden Yellow Raspberries and Children Playing Maypole on Seed Catalog


Morning Madonna

Unknown Master, Italian (late 15th century in Valsesia). Madonna del Parto

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Maypole in Central Park between 1901-1903 by Maurice Pendergrast (1858-1924)

 1901-03 Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1858-1924) May Day in Central Park

Morning Madonna

Francesco d'Ubertino Verdi, called Bachiacca [also known as Francesco Ubertini, il Bacchiacca] (1494 – 1557) Mary and Child

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Evolution of Garlands for May Day

1508 Hans Süss von Kulmbach (German, 1480–1522) Girl with Cat Making a May Garland

Making a May Garland. Petites Heures de la Reine Anne de Bretagne


1587 Lucas Van Valkenborch (Flemish painter, c 1530-1597) Landscape in Spring Detail Making Spring Garlands

Myles Birket Foster (1825-1899) May 1st or Garland Day


James Hayllar (1829–1920) May Day Garlands


 Myles Birket Foster (1825-1899) May Day Garlands


 1860 Thomas Falcon Marshall (1818-1878) May Day Garlands


1884 Herbert Gustave Schmalz (1856-1935) renamed himself John Wilson Carmichael in 1918 May Garland


19C A combintion of Morris & Maypole dancing and Hobby Horses,  English Morris Dancing may be the modern survival of a primitive pre-Christian ceremonial of ritual dance & drama ensuring & celebrating the renewal of Spring. This rite once flourished all over Europe & even today dances similar to the Morris can be seen in parts of France, Spain, Rumania & Portugal. The earliest documentary references to Morris dancers are mainly from Church accounts in the early 1500's - "Silver paper for the Mores-dawncers - 7d". "for VI peyre of shones for ye Mors dauncers - 4d" (1509/1510). It was certainly thriving in Shakespeare's time; Will Kemp's 'Nine Daies Wonder' was a Morris marathon from London to Norwich in 1600.  One popular theory points to evidence of similar dances in England, derived from the Druids' Maris dances, in celebration of the god Maris.  By Elizabethan times, the Morris was already known as an "ancient custom," & had become established in many areas, mainly the Cotswolds, the Welsh Borders & the North West of England. It was also a favorite entertainment at Court. A Morris dance team often featured a "Fool" or an "Animal" (a dancer in disguise, often as a dragon or hobby horse).


Edgar Barclay (1842-1913) May Day

Morning Madonna


Hans, the Younger Holbein (1497-1543). The Solothurn Madonna (detail) 1522

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 1800s - Historical depiction of an English Maypole

Frederick Goodall (British artist, 1822-1904) Here Goodall depicts the Raising the Maypole from an earlier era.

Morning Madonna

Unknown Flemish Master Virgin and Child 1490s

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May Day by Josef Frans Nollekens (Flemish-born British artist, 1702-1748)

Josef Frans Nollekens (Flemish-born British artist, 1702-1748) May Day with a Maypole on the hill. 

Morning Madonna

Alonso Berruguete (Spanish artist, 1488-1561) Madonna and Child

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Monday, May 15, 2017

20C New York City Celebrates May Day

Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American artist, 1861-1924) 1900-03 May Day, Central Park, New York City

Morning Madonna

Unknown Flemish Master The Nativity 1475-1500

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

16C Flemish Villagers Dance around the Maypole

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (Flemish artist, 1525-1569) St. George's Kermis with the Dance around the Maypole

Morning Madonna


Virgin and Child 1495-1505, a painting by Flemish Unknown Masters

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