Exercise and leisure

Sport, dance, and games 1

Authored by: Alessandro Arcangeli

The Routledge History of the Renaissance

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138898851
eBook ISBN: 9781315226217
Adobe ISBN: 9781351849463

10.4324/9781315226217.ch18

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Abstract

It was Johan Huizinga’s famous essay in the late thirties of the last century that programmatically and systematically attracted the attention of historical studies to play as an important sphere of human action and a meaningful element in the realm of culture in its many manifestations and forms. The Dutch scholar portrayed the period to us in a very special light: “The whole mental attitude of the Renaissance is one of play. This striving, at once sophisticated and spontaneous, for beauty and nobility of form is an instance of culture at play.” 2

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