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a Voyage into the Organology & Imagination of the long Renaissance

 

By Catalina Vicens

 

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.

 

Catalina Vicens

July 15, 2019

After over a year of silence (although Servir Antico's Facebook page has served also as depository of images), I return to this blog with another Book of Hours from 15th century France.

This manuscript, illuminated by the master of the 'Heures de Louis de Savoie' and an anonymous Flemish artist, is absolutely exquisite. Not only the amount of skillfully ornate pages have called my attention, (I was impressed over and ove...

June 5, 2018

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,...

November 30, 2017

BNF, Département des manuscrits, Français 143, Evrart de Conty, Le livre des échecs amoureux, text by Jacobus Magnus (1360 ?-1425 ?), Louise de Savoie, 15th century


... Et lui dist dame Pallas et moustra moult d'enseignemens beaulx et moult de belles choses prouffitables a meurs et a honneste vie et qui seroient belles a declairier, maiz pour certaine cause je m'en tairay atant quant a present. Amen.
Je lairay donc c...

November 12, 2017

This time not a Book of Hours, but a book of the hours of the Antichrist. 

Although at the end of this illuminated manuscript there are scenes with the Virgin and Christ surrounded by angel musicians that are often to be found in the books of hours that I've showcased in previous blog posts, this book surprises us with intriguing scenes of the Last Judgement, the Antichrist and a world of horrifying, yet humorous devils....

September 13, 2017

Heidelberg UB, Cod. Sal. IXe, Livre d’heures, Paris, 1420-30

August 16, 2017

This mid-13th century psalter's first full-page illustration opens with King David's eyes fixed on me, the viewer. As if he was about to tell me something very important, he stares and at the same time I notice that his attention is in the act of listening: he is tuning his harp, David's harp. Around him, the scene is not that intimate. Angels fall, men engage in fight while being threatened by wild beasts.

Bel...

August 13, 2017

Among battlefields and love stories, the cycle of King Arthur’s legends written down in this 800-folio ‘Romans Arthuriens’ (c.a 1270-1290), is decorated with humorous legends of animals, monsters and angels with musical instruments.

With a predilection for bagpipes, trumpets, harps, fiddles, gitterns and few portative organs, the artist of this French manuscript (possible from St-Omer) uses recurrent imagery: the figures...

August 13, 2017

There is something ephemeral and surreal in the imagery created on white substance. The fact that these precious mediums have been predilected to venerate and to contain treasures is fascinating.

Marble, Ivory and bone have also cold brilliance; something magnificent without being shining gold, something earthy without being wood.

In my last trip the the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, I took these...

June 16, 2017

After the last post with trumpet-monster images from Egerton MS 3277, 2nd half of the14th century, here some of the wonderful treasures in the fascinating 'Bohun Psalter, "probably made for either the 6th or the 7th earl of Hereford, both named Humphrey Bohun (d. 1361 and d. 1373, respectively) or for Mary de Bohun (married Henry of Bolingbroke in 1380, d. 1394)"

April 11, 2017

The 'Bohun Psalter', (Egerton MS 3277), produced during 2nd half of the 14th century in England, does not only showcase important examples of musical instrument in its full-page religious illuminations (as it will be shown in the following blog-post), but also a great amount of musical monsters decorating the psalter's texts. They tend to comment directly on the illuminated initials with instruments which are the instru...

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