The Visual Arts and Music in Renaissance Europe c 1400-1650

Second Annual Postgraduate Renaissance Symposium


Saturday, 18 January 2014

9.30 - 17.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre (with registration from 09.00)

We are delighted to announce that our keynote address will be given by Professor Thomas Schmidt (University of Manchester)

Angel Musicians, Hans Memling, 1480s © Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, AntwerpAngel Musicians (detail), Hans Memling, 1480s © Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

Speaker(s): Simon Jackson (University of Cambridge), Bryan C. Keene (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Moritz Kelber (University of Augsburg), Ewa Kociszewska (Warburg Institute), Kelly Lam (University of Cambridge), Evan MacCarthy (College of the Holy Cross), Jesse Revenig (Northwestern University), Alex Robinson (Sorbonne University), Professor Thomas Schmidt (University of Manchester), Emmanuela Vai (University of St Andrews), Laura S. Ventura Nieto (Royal Holloway, University of London), Daniel Walden (Harvard University), Elizabeth Weinfield (City University of New York)

Ticket/entry details: Free and Open to all, with advance booking required.

BOOK ONLINE. For further details please contact: researchforum@courtauld.ac.uk

Organised by: Harriette Peel (The Courtauld Institute of Art)


There was a strong relationship between music and the visual arts during the Renaissance. The function, meaning, audience and patronage of both strands of the arts were often extremely closely aligned. Music and the visual arts in the Renaissance paralleled one another in the creation (or dissolution) of national style, portrayed the same religious, mythological and secular sources in analogous institutional and private spaces, and drew inspiration from one another in engaging audiences of all types – sacred and secular, elite to illiterate.

The study (and experience) of music and art has occurred largely separately, however. Hence, the wariness of students of Renaissance art and music to explore the relationship between their own discipline and their close yet unfamiliar counterpart has resulted more in the appropriation rather than synthesis of diverse research skills. This symposium hopes to break down these historiographic boundaries and explore the numerous instances of interdisciplinarity that exist in Renaissance scholarship. We provide a forum for postgraduate and early career scholars of all disciplines to present instances of this relationship in their research, and to use this symposium as an opportunity for exploratory and open-minded discussion of aural and visual experience in Renaissance culture and historiography. We were particularly keen to encourage participants to consider ways of presenting interdisciplinary research in engaging and inventive ways, and look forward to a dynamic and interesting day.


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