zaterdag 23 april 2016

Nicolo Nelli and the Queen of Cockaigne

Nicolò Nelli, The Land of Cockaigne, 1564, ets, 40 x 53 cm,  Hollyman and Treacher

'The Land of Cockaigne' with searchable details 

"This is a moral landscape with little hint of the Utopian overtones others have stressed. Nelli sees overblown indulgence and unfettered pleasure as leading only to the deterioration of the human condition. [...]  
The depiction of the land of Cockaigne was a popular subject- allowing the narrator to fantasise on food for free - horses born with saddles and fish that leap out of the river and offer themselves as food. A poem in Dutch of 1567 describes (among other facilities) tarts that cook themselves and fences made of sausages. 
Look out for Breughel's celebrated painting of the subject (1567) , and listen to Elgar's Cockaigne (In London Town) Concert Overture Opus No.40. which the composer meant to be 'stout and steady' rather than a moral reflection on an excess of provender. "

versie 1871, London, British Museum (spiegelbeeld !)
Nicolò Nelli, Venerable Idleness, Queen of Cockaigne (La Venerabile PoltroneriaRegina di Cucagna),
ca. 1552–79, Venezia, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Nicolò Nelli, Il trionfo de carnavale nel paese de cucagna, ca. 1575-1590

[Nicolò Nelli: Venetian illustrator and mapmaker (1530 – ca. 1580)]
['poltroneria': laziness; sloth; indolence]

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