Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bond Dans Tapestry at Gripsholm Slott, Rörospols, art of Hans Holbein, Sebald Beham, Franz Brun

Here is a link to a pdf document describing the tapestry and works of art.

Bond Dans Tapestry at Gripsholm Slott, Rörospols, art of Hans Holbein, Sebald Beham, Franz Brun

Bond Dans Tapestry reverse and modified color image

A friend has found a large color picture of the tapestry in a yearbook with dance images published by a cultural group Föreningen Norden.    The picture is a mirror image of the tapestry.    Possibly at some point the picture negative was flipped.

As of 30 June 2016,  I have found a 2014 web link describing the tapestry plate II and pages 24,25.
Böttiger, John, Svenska Statens Samling af Väfda Tapeter.  Stockholm 1898
John Böttiger dated the tapestry to Sweden circa 1540 to 1550.   He found the figures based on Sebald Behams works circa 1535,   Bartsch VIII 154-163, and especially 168.   He wrote it was possibly in a royal inventory in 1553.   ( page 21.  a tapestry with 2 couples dancing and musicians
playing pipa and a qvinnobellette medt en giga )

This is available for viewing from the U.S.   Swedish copyright expired 70 years after Böttiger's
 death in 1936?;view=1up;seq=42;size=175

  Bond Dans tapestry

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

References for Bond Dans Tapestry and related Dance imagery and description

The website is very useful for finding access to works.   Some books I purchased
from Izzy Young in Stockholm when he was selling books back in 1982.   Which gave an background on the history of music and dance in Scandinavia.   More recently the
most important reference is Alison Stewart's book,  Before Bruegel,  Sebald Beham and the Origins of Peasant Festival Imagery.   This cost about 100 dollars used.   Used copy of Moxey's text was available for less than 10 dollars.   I came across Knackfuss's book on Holbein in a book store.   I was lucky to purchase a used copy of Egil Bakka's book on line.

 Art History references.

Dodgson, Campbell  Early German and Flemish Woodcuts preserved  British Museum,1903, London
Gibson,   Walter S. Festive Peasants before Bruegel: Three Case Studies and Their Implications
 Simiolus: Netherlands Quarterly for the History of Art
  Vol. 31, No. 4 (2004 - 2005), pp. 292-309
Knackfuss, H.   Holbein,   Beilefeld and Leipzig ,  1899
Moxey,  Keith P.F. Peasants, Warriors, and Wifes. Popular Imagery in the Reformation, Chicago Il. And London, 1989
Stewart,  Alison G.    Before Bruegel Sebald Beham and the Origins of Peasant Festival Imagery, 2008
Stewart,  Alison G.  The_Kermis_woodcuts_of_Sebald_Beham_in_Reformation_Nuremberg, 1993.
Stewart,  Alison G.   Numerous papers available on line at  the above website.
 von Roda, Burkard, The Historical Museum Basle,   1994,  Basle. item 283.
Woltmann, Alfred,     Holbein and His Times,  1872,  London

 Scandinavian Dance and Music References

Bakka, Egil,  Norske Dansetradisjonar,  Oslo, 1988
Boberg, Juno, Den svenska folkdans-rörelsen 100 år,  4 parts,  in Om Dans,  4-80,1-81,4-81,2-82  Stockholm
Charters, Samuel,  Spelmännen : i bilder och egna ord, 1979, Stockholm
Hakansson, Greta,   Folkdanser   chapter  Dansen genom tiderna,  1981, Falkoping
                                     Theodor  (Dirk) de Bry
Klein,  Ernst,   Om Folkdans edited Mats Rehnberg,  1978, Stockholm,  original                                    1933,1937,1929.1927
Ling, Jan,  Svensk folkmusik,  1964, 1980,  Stockholm
Ling, Jan, A history of European folk music,  1997 Rochester, N.Y.
Norman, Ingvar,  (Karlhom, Göran,  Larsson, Johan)                                                                          Svenska Folkdanser del II,  1971,  Uppsala
Nyhus,  Sven,  Pols I Rorostrakton,  1973,1981  Oslo
Rehnbeg,  Mats,   Klackarna i taket. Om halling och jössehäradspolska,  1966 Stockholm
Sodal, Ingvar,  Folk dance in Norway, Balkan Arts Tradition,  Vol III,  number 1,  1977

 General Dance and Music Reference

Antiquary,  An    The Dance,   London 1911.
Dils,  Ann Hamilton,  Peasant Dance in the Genre Art of  Sixteenth Century Flanders and Germany,            1981 Thesis Ohio State University
Nettl, Paul. Birth of the Waltz, in Dance Index vol 5, no. 9. 1946 New York: Dance Index-Ballet    Caravan, Inc. pages 208, 211
Wallace, Carol McD.   Dance A very Social History, 1985  New York


 Brooke.  Arthur de Capell,  Travels through Sweden, Norway, and Finmark, to the North Cape, 1822 London

Clarke, Edward Daniel,   Travels in Various Countries of  Scandinavia, Vol 2  1819,   London  1838,

Gordon,  Jan and Sara J,  Two Vagabonds in Sweden and Lapland, 1926 New York  p 92-93,  123-127

Lovett, Richard M.A.,  Norwegian Pictures Drawn with Pen and Pencil, 1885,  London

Lowe,  Helen,   Unprotected Females in Norway,  1857,  1859  London

Price, Edward,   Norway and its Scenery,  1853 London

Bremer,  Frederika,   Strife and Peace,   1839

   Interesting works which I have not read.
Eldsjälarna och dansarvet – Om forskning och arbetet med att levandegöra äldre dansformer
Koudal, Jens Henrik,  For Borgere og  Bønder  Stadsmusikantvæsenet i Danmark 1660-1800
 Ramsten, Märta   The Polish dance in Scandinavia and Poland : ethnomusicological studies 2003, Stockholm

Friday, April 8, 2016

Dance art of Hans Holbein the younger

Before he moved to England and painted portraits of Henry the VIII and Anne of Cleves Holbein worked in Basel Switzerland.    Holbein's dance works include painting the facade of the Haus zum Tanz, a 24 character alphabet of a peasant wake,  ( fest ),   and several woodcuts used for illustrations on book cover pages.

Detail of Table of Cebes circa 1521,  the garden of Luxuria,  ( Lust ).   Two couples dance the foresteg,  ( beginning step),  with man's left arm raised and man leading parner holding her left hand.

   With sex, dance, music and gambling the garden of Luxuria precedes the garden of Love.

Holbein's designs include images of the dance walking step with man's left arm raised as above.
The figure in the Haus zum Tanz with the purse is copied in Sebald Beham's 1535 kermit feast,
 or peasant feast and Franz Bruns 12 metal work miniatures of 24 dancers and musicians.
 The earliest print or painting I have found so far of this "step"  is the 1494  Nuremburg Chronicals,  and then the pencil work by Dürer in about 1516.

Haus zum Tanz   was painted in 1519 or 1520.   A replica was made as in the Basel museum.
The house itself was destroyed in the early 20th century.

In a color image of one side  you can see the dancer with the purse with his left arm raised.
Six more dancers can be seen in this photo.

Holbein metalcut book illustration and repeated printed by Cratander

Another peasant dancing illustration printed by Petri in about 1527.

Holbein also designed the earliest to date that I know of picture of a couple dancing in the closed position in 1525 peasant wake 24 character alphabet.    The letter H

References  ( Note that Jstor permits guests to have 3 documents "checked out" at no charge )
Festive Peasants before Bruegel: Three Case Studies and Their Implications
Walter S. Gibson
Simiolus: Netherlands Quarterly for the History of Art
Vol. 31, No. 4 (2004 - 2005), pp. 292-309
(article consists of 18 pages)
Published by: Stichting voor Nederlandse Kunsthistorische Publicaties
DOI: 10.2307/4150595
Stable URL:

Holbein and his Time,  1872,   page 218.
Peasant alphabet,  letters  A,B,L,V   (  A,B,V are among the 14 of the British Museum ).
There are links to online versions of this text.