The jester is an entertainer who a monarch or nobleman would employ to entertain him and his guests. These court jesters thrived in the Medieval and Renaissance eras. These sprightly entertainers wore floppy, pointed hats with bells and motley clothing (the traditional costume of the jester and Harlequin — a patchwork made up of a variety of bright colours; iconically arranged in a check pattern). Jesters were often adept at many forms of entertainment, including singing, music, storytelling, acrobatics, juggling, comedy, and magic. The jester is also depicted as The Fool, one of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck, which itself is similar in appearance to the Joker playing card.
Originally published at www.samwoolfe.com on February 4, 2019.