La iconografía del enano danzante a través del tiempo

  1. Bethencourt Pérez, Fátima
III Congreso Internacional de la Bajada de la Virgen: Santa Cruz de La Palma, 9-11 de marzo de 2023
  1. Manuel Poggio Capote (coord.)
  2. Antonio Lorenzo Tena (coord.)
  3. Luis Regueira Benítez (coord.)
  4. Carmen L. Ferris Ochoa (coord.)

Publisher: Cabildo Insular de La Palma

ISBN: 9788412586220 9788412586237

Year of publication: 2023

Volume: 1

Pages: 159-173

Congress: Congreso Internacional de la Bajada de la Virgen (3. 2023. null)

Type: Conference paper


The perception of dwarfism as an object of ridicule and source of entertainment was not only translated from antiquity into the custom of «owning» domestic dwarves, but was also transferred to the iconography of the dwarf in general and the dancing dwarf in particular, the latter always associated with festive rituals involving music and dance. This article analyses a series of representations of dancing dwarves from classical antiquity to the first half of the 18th century, a high point in the European dissemination of satirical dwarf images through engraving, which coincides with the appearance of festive dwarves on the island of La Palma.