This picture "Iris (the Dance)" was made in 1718 or 1719 by the famous French painter
Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). You can see it in the Gemäldegalerie der
staatliche Museen preussischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin. This sort of painting, people
singing, dancing and enjoying themselves in the open air, was very popular at the time.
So was the "French suite", consisting of a series of stylized popular dances from all
over Europe, often preceded by an overture. Iris might be dancing a minuet, who knows.
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