The Venetian Black Nobility and Baroque - ROBERT SEPEHR
The Baroque is a highly ornate and often extravagant style of architecture, music, painting, sculpture and dance that flourished in Europe from the early 17th until the mid-18th century. It followed the Renaissance style with great innovations in dance originating at the French court under Louis 14th, where we see the first clear stylistic ancestor of classical ballet. Baroque means "irregular" in French, and is said to originate from the Portuguese word "barroco" meaning "imperfect pearl," like the irregular shaped pearl that was used in the jewelry of the time.
Although celebrating traditions with masquerade balls has been around since the 14th century and all throughout the era of the Renaissance; masked balls did not come to Europe until the 17th century. Louis XIV was a major influence in the development and promotion of Baroque dance.
The black nobility are Roman aristocratic families with a connection to the Vatican. Many of the members of Black Noble families also became high-ranking clergy and even Popes.
Robert Sepehr is an author, producer, and anthropologist.
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