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.
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...
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...