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.
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 'Golf Book' was illustrated by the Flemish artist Simon Bening, "the leading master of illumination in the 16th century".
In this book of hours, we get a glance at intimate scenes of courtiers and their use of music for recreation. 'Pastime with good companye', that famous song by Henry VIII, seems to be an adequate title to frame these scenes. Men and women enjoying a good time, accompanying a delightful afternoon...
The 'Sforza Hours' doesn't cease to delight with its vibrant colors, cute animals and fascinating instruments.
After the 1st post showing some of the musical scenes and other curious images of this book (February 21, 2017), I post here some images that show the variety and diversity of specimens that the Sforza family must have been acquainted with during the turn of the 16th century. Not only suggestive bunnies and cats...