"Pastoral Concert" by Titian
Let’s start at the beginning. A typical Italian picnic in 1509 as represented by Titian. As you can see there is no food or Frisbees. Instead we see musical instruments and naked muses. I’m not sure why the ladies are undressed as there is no obvious swimming hole in the vicinity. The men are heavily clothed and oblivious to their female companions. Ho hum, just another day in the woods with some naked women. Tomorrow “The Art of the Picnic” takes us to a traditional 19th century French picnic and a glimpse into their basket.