Francesco Primaticcio (1540 - 1570)
Royal Staircase (detail) 1535
Apartments of the Duchesse d’Étampes, Fontainebleau, France
The Waltz (1800s)
In 1816,The Times of London alerted parents about an “indecent foreign dance” called the waltz, which featured “the voluptuous intertwining of the limbs” and “close compressure of the bodies.” This “obscene display” sparked a panic that caused the Times to “warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion” that previously remained the territory of “prostitutes and adulteresses.” Yes, this was written about the waltz.
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