In line with ensemble Servir Antico, my purpose is to bring the work of creative and visionary minds from the past (in form of music, literature and art) to the the spotlight and to transform it into inspiration for the future.
The idea here is to share musical images found in manuscripts, prints, paintings and sculpture as part of their artistic and functional context. In this site I don’t want to take the place of an art historian, and although I use iconography and organology as part of my research, it is not the intention of this site to serve as a form of research output.
There is religious related content in this site, but it does not serve any particular religious view.
This Commentary produced at during the last years of the 11th century at the Benedictine monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos (Burgos, Spain) contains a colorful version of Apocalypse by Beatus of Liébana. Also commented with beautiful initials, graphs and fantasy-filled illustrations are the few folios of Mozarabic antiphonary, Isidore of Seville's Etymologiae as well Jerome's commentary on Daniel....
These musician hybrids come from a very small Book of Hours made for a woman at the diocese of Cambrai at the turn of the 14th century. The humorous images also illustrate the playing of games, including what is known as the earliest image of tennis players.
The vibrant colors and lines of the illuminations in this psalter are a good example of the fine High Gothic art. Although there are not many musical instruments depicted among the full-page illustrations, the musicians in this B [eatus] initial combine both the static and dynamic elements, that make the sound emerge our from the page.
The Rheinau Psalter, Zürich, Zentralbibliothek Ms. Rh. 167, High Gothic,...