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Real Tennis in Italy

Giocco della racchetta - four Italians in a game of real tennis in an indoor court, watched by spectators

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This photograph print transports us back in time to the 18th century Italy, where the elegant and historic game of Real Tennis was in its prime. The image, titled "Giocco della Racquetta" or "Game of the Racket," showcases four passionate Italians engrossed in a spirited match on an indoor court. The game, a precursor to modern tennis, is characterized by its unique features such as the use of a solid ball, a larger court, and the absence of a net. The indoor setting of the court adds an intriguing layer to the scene, as it was a luxury amenity reserved for the wealthy and nobility. The dimly lit room, adorned with ornate columns and frescoes, creates an enchanting atmosphere that further emphasizes the prestige and exclusivity of the game. The photograph also reveals a lively gathering of spectators, who are intently watching the match unfold. Their animated expressions and gestures suggest the excitement and anticipation that surrounded Real Tennis during this era. The spectators, dressed in fashionable attire of the time, add an element of grandeur and sophistication to the scene. As we delve deeper into the history of Real Tennis, we discover that it originated in France in the 14th century and quickly spread to Italy, where it gained immense popularity. The game remained a favorite pastime among the Italian nobility for centuries, with numerous courts being built in palaces and villas across the country. This photograph, with its rich historical context, offers a captivating glimpse into the world of 18th-century Italian Real Tennis and the passion and elegance that surrounded the game. It serves as a testament to the enduring allure and legacy of this ancient sport.

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