The Egg Dance (1557)
painting 12 of 14 by Pieter Aertsen
Information about painting
There's a a cheerful atmosphere in the tavern. Everyone is having fun, dancing and drinking. What is the man in the foreground doing with his left hand nonchalantly resting on the shoulder of the young woman next to him? She seems to accept his advances and points out the drunkard - the man dancing on eggshells in the middle of the room. Pieter Aertsen has packed his 'Egg Dance', a work dating from 1552, full of double meanings.