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.
Images from the Cistercian monastery in Salem, Southern Germany (by Konstanz).
This breviary was commissioned by the Johannes Stantenat, an abbot from Alsace who lived his last years at the Salem monastery (who died in 1494 when this book was completed). He was crucial production of precious books and the expansion of the abbey's library.
The illustrations by Amandus Schäffer show that Stantenat must have been a...
The vibrant colors of this book of hours is what struck me immediately. And what a nice surprise that it is filled with musical instruments!
Either projecting from the page like a window that leads us into a biblical scene, or as part of the 'almost bold' marginal paintings, the pages are filled with music. Not only the common late-medieval instruments like the lute, harp and posi...