The Proverbs: If Marion Will Dance, Then She Has to Take the Consequences

The Proverbs: If Marion Will Dance, Then She Has to Take the Consequences

1864

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Francisco de Goya

(Spanish, 1746-1828)

Etching and aquatint

Gift of Grover Higgins 1928.102.12

Catalogue raisonné: Harris 259; Perez Sanchez and Gallego p. 187 no. 12

Description

The freewheeling, lascivious dancers in Goya’s composion keep time with castanets, pairs of shellshaped wooden clappers attached to the thumb and index finger. The erotic connotations of castanets dated from antiquity, when they were depicted in vase paintings in association with the cult of the goddess Cybele and the Dionysian rites. According to Martin Mersenne’s treatise, Les Preludes de l’harmonie universelle (1636), castanets were used to accompany the saraband, a fast folk dance considered disreputable in 16th century Spain. Although by the time the saraband reached the
French court in the 17th century, it had become a slow, serious, processional dance, Goya refers here to the dance’s earlier, erotic origins.

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