Crispijn de Passe’s Picnic in New Mirror for Youth (1617)

Crispijn de Passe’s Picnic in New Mirror for Youth (1617)

As early as the 16th century, the Dutch had no specific word for our picnic, but they were adept at alfresco entertaining. It’s evident in their paintings and in so-called emblem books, primers, or handbooks, meant to instruct youthful aristocrats in the ways of the...
Giovanni Passeri’s  A Party Feasting (1645c.)

Giovanni Passeri’s A Party Feasting (1645c.)

Giovanni Baptista Pesseri’s A Party Feasting in a Garden seems a happy end to an alfresco luncheon. Young couples are deep in conversation, flirting and courting, which suggests that this is a garden of love. It casual and innocent, though Pessari is a moralist, and...