Léopold Boilly, or Jules Boilly, born in Paris1 on August 30, 1796 and died in the same city on June 14, 18742, was a French painter and lithographer.
Son and pupil of Louis Léopold Boilly, he is best known for his portraits.
He lithographed, around 1825, almost all the members of the Institute.
We also owe him a series of portraits of female authors, which print dealers irreverently called “the blue stockings suite”, as well as a series of reproductions of drawings by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon.
Dancing the tarantella
The tarantellas (Italian: Tarantella) are a set of traditional dances, and associated musical forms, from southern Italy. It is a round dance, or more recently a couple dance, possibly within a round, but always without bodily contact between the dancers. It is a dance which, over time, has reached an iconic dimension, probably passing from an initial therapeutic use to playful forms, thereafter1. The most known and practiced forms are the pizzica and the tammurriata.
“The term Tarantella, to be generic, is never used by interested parties in a regionalist definition – to speak of Calabrian tarantella, for example, would reduce the great diversity of dances, viddaneddha of Aspromonte, tarantella grecanica in the Greek-speaking villages of the province of Reggio, zomparieddu of the Sila, tarantella albanese in the province of Cosenza, and on the northern slope, in Basilicata. Dance is identified with a homogeneous cultural and geographical area, not with an administrative entity
Dating back to the 18th century, the tarantella had a therapeutic dance dimension in the Puglia region. It is popular especially in Calabria, as well as in Naples, all these regions being part of the kingdoms of Naples and Sicily.
The tarantella can be accompanied on guitar, bagpipes, lyra or diatonic accordion, but it can also be accompanied on tambourine. Moreover, it can be sung.
The tarantella is also a dance that is practiced as a couple, with aspects of courtship. Sometimes the tarantella is conducted as a quadrille, in which the couples face each other and execute figures. They are then successively eliminated.. In Montemarano, a municipality in Campania, it is danced during carnival, in procession during the day, but also in pairs, or in a circle in the evening. In Cilento (province of Salerno), in honor of the Virgin, the tarantella is danced during pilgrimages, and frequently the dance is accompanied by the display of the centa, a votive shrine composed of flowers and candles , balanced on the head and held by the arms.
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