|What Women Wore in the Renaissance, As Interpreted By Texan RenFest Enthusiasts|
For instance, instead of festival staff and vendors dressed in authentic Renaissance period costumes as depicted in actual Renaissance portraits, such as these:
|Portrait of a Woman, by Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, circa 1466-1516|
|Mona Lisa Models REAL Renaissance Costume, as painted by Da Vinci circa 1503|
|Sir Thomas Moore Models REAL Renaissance Costume, as painted by Holbein circa 1527|
...We saw Pirates of the Caribbean getups like this (off by a couple of centuries, folks!):
and plenty of elf ears, furry tails, and partially equine outfits:
|How On Earth Did This Man Fit Into the Port-O-Potty???|
|Renaissance Biker Chicks?|
|How Is This Even Remotely Renaissance?|
If this was a Halloween party, then fine -- wear what you want. But don't advertise that you're doing an educational event for school field trips and then teach the kids that fairies, centaurs, Jack Sparrow and the Hooters girls all pounded pina coladas together during the Renaissance!
In the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you that these photos (although remarkably similar to what I saw at our festival) were all taken by others at Renaissance Festivals across the country and are not of the actual festival I attended. This is because my camera battery was dead, and because I was too busy trying to stop the fifth grade boys in my group from concussing one another with their overpriced wooden sword souvenirs and disappearing into the crowd to stop and take pictures with my phone.
Have you ever been to a Renaissance Festival that was more historically accurate, more educational, and more arts oriented? Am I being overcritical and captious about this, or do you agree that the kids would have learned just as much about the Renaissance if we had taken them to Carowinds to ride the roller coasters instead?