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Alexandra Gaba van Dongen about table manners in the 16th Century

By: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

In the museum a table is laid with objects from the 2nd half of the 16th century. Alexandra Gaba van Dongen, curator of pre-industrial design, dwells on the dinner set of plates, forks, and tazza’s (wineglasses). Furthermore she quotes Erasmus, who taught the students from Latin schools the etiquette.

Near the table a painting is exhibited from Cornelis van Haarlem, depicting Bacchus and Satyr holding the same tazza as shown on the table.


Camera and editing: Marieke van der Lippe