Description Music and dancing were important social rituals during the medieval era and provided opportunities for men and women to mingle. Here, a man plays a stringed instrument, probably a vielle (an early form of the fiddle), while a woman across the page (folio 20v) looks up at him and dances. She smiles, throwing her hip out in a flirtatious way, and the musician smiles back. Their courtship unfolds across the two pages, leaving a poor monk awkwardly in the middle of this secular serenade.
- Checkmate! Medieval People at Play. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, after 1894 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, after 1894
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