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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Un(s)even: Movida!

(by Nivalis; a detail)

By translating and reworking -- in Il Mondo Creato -- an old text that described nightlife in Byzantium, Tasso gives us some hints about entertainment in Renaissance cities, "lap dance" included. In theory, his verses aim at condemning moral decadence, but, as a matter of fact, he renders the subject with great style, thus betraying his deep-rooted involvement in that world. In fact, during the years of his imprisonment, he asked for out-of-cell time in order to partake either in the Catholic Mass or in the Carnival shows, which were among the main public events, as gorgeous as the opening ceremonies of nowadays Olympic Games.