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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...

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....

August 18, 2017

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...

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...

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)"

February 21, 2017

The Sforza Hours (1494-1521). Part 1

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...

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