Renaissance Art and Music

Counterfeit Renaissance (II): Art and Sensory Experience

Thursday 27 June 2013
18.00, Research Forum South Room
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Gerard David, Nativity with Donors and S. Jerome and S. LeonardGerard David, Nativity with Donors and S. Jerome and S. Leonard, (detail). © Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, c.1510-15Speaker(s):Helen Deeming (Royal Holloway, University of London); Stuart Frost (British Museum); Jennifer Sliwka and Albert Godycki (National Gallery, London)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Harriette Peel (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Katie Bank and Matthew Laube (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Counterfeit Renaissance (II): Experiencing Art with Music is the second of two seminars exploring the importance of and problems associated with researching and presenting Renaissance art and music together. Each session will bring together a group of art history and musicology academics to discuss their experiences of tying art and music together in their professional lives; the first seminar will feature panelists primarily involved with music and musicology, and the second with art history and museology. The concept of ‘counterfeit’, of imitation or representation of life, was closely aligned to the late medieval and early modern conceptualisation of visual arts, music and poetry. It is a purposefully open starting point that aims to stimulate discussion on how contemporaries thought of and experienced these arts in relation to the world in which they existed. Considering this concept, how far do academics and arts professionals add a further layer of ‘counterfeit’ in how we present Renaissance art and culture? Can the attempted reimagining or re-enactment of sensory experience serve profitably as anything more than a fake, a counterfeit of the very thing it aims to serve? In bringing together musicologists and art historians, Renaissance Art and Music (AHRC) will work towards breaking down the barriers, and discuss differences between, between these two closely related disciplines. In doing so, we hope to be able to most profitably explore how the two art forms can be addressed and offered together.

Renaissance Art and Music (RA&M) is an AHRC-funded interdisciplinary project between The Courtauld Institute of Art and Royal Holloway, University of London’s Department of Music to explore the relationship between art and music c.1400-1600 . It is particularly interested in examining how best the two disciplines can be studied and presented together. The team has organised monthly interdisciplinary discussion groups, two professional panel seminars with curators, musicologists and musicians, and a conference for post-graduates and early career researchers. The research culminates in two performance workshops in the winter 2013/14, one at The Courtauld Gallery and one at St Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield, where the exploration into how best to address and present the two media will come to fruition.

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