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Panel Session: Music as Metaphor in Medieval and Early Modern Art


Teniswood-Harvey, A, Panel Session: Music as Metaphor in Medieval and Early Modern Art, Through the looking glass, 6-9 December 2018, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, pp. 32. (2018) [Chair National Conference]

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Late medieval and early modern visual cultures featured a cornucopia of imagery that evoked music, not only in a literal sense of musical instruments and performances, but also through musical metaphors that span temporal, geographical, theological, philosophical and even emotional domains. Papers in this session examine cases that illustrate diverse modes which artists used to engage viewers in a web of musico-visual imagery. Although on the one hand this imagery served to prompt viewers' memory of the experiential sound world, it also provides insight into the metaphorical function that images of music and music making had in different medieval and early modern cultures. Suzanne Wijsman examines the meaning of music and sound in four Hebrew illuminated manuscripts dating from the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, and explores the transcultural Jewish and Christian dialogue that this represents. Denis Collins provides a new reading of Albrecht Dürer’s Melencolia I by setting it against the backdrop of profoundly changing relations between music and visual culture in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Jason Stoessel explores how early seventeenth-century Roman artists used notated canons as musical symbols of an emergent scientific culture distinguished by its rationalism and empiricism. While the artists, intended audiences, subjects and media examined in these cases are different, all three papers offer perspectives on the multi-sensory nature and multivalent purpose of such musical imagery in late medieval and early modern artworks.

Item Details

Item Type:Chair National Conference
Keywords:music iconography, RIdIM, music as metaphor, art history, medieval, early modern
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Musicology and ethnomusicology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Music
UTAS Author:Teniswood-Harvey, A (Dr Arabella Teniswood-Harvey)
ID Code:129748
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2018-12-17
Last Modified:2018-12-18

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