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Music & Arts 1450-1800 "What does that Painting sound like?" Adam Busiakiewicz Tuesday 08 October 2019

This study day will aim to illustrate the many connections between music and art from the medieval period to the eighteenth century with a particular focus on Old Master Paintings. Although Music is often separated from the visual arts in the current day, many great artists were also musicians and took both disciplines extremely seriously. Paintings and Sculpture illustrate how music was performed and consumed centuries ago and allow us to glimpse into the past with both our eyes and ears. As part of this lecture several pieces of music will be performed on a lute.

Lecture 1: Medieval to Renaissance

This lecture will explore the changes that occurred during the late medieval to the renaissance and how the rise of Protestantism and humanism affected the purpose of music in art, religion and society. Paintings by Van Eyck, Holbein, Titian and countless others that feature musicians and musical performance will help us to navigate this period in both the northern and southern Europe.

Lecture 2: Baroque

Beginning in Carravaggio’s Rome and ending in Vermeer’s Netherlands this section will deal with the various approaches that artists and musicians capture the emotional energies of the 17th century.

Lecture 3: Music and Painting in the Age of Enlightenment

Despite the prominence of Opera in the eighteenth century it was a period that music making became a truly widespread activity both in the home and at court. The increasing number of paintings, portraits and drawings of music making from this century provide us with the opportunity to investigate the significance of music in the age of reason.

Adam Busiakiewicz

Adam is an Art Historian, Lecturer and Lutenist. An Art degree from University College London and a Masters degree in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute. Amongst his interests in British and Old Master Paintings, he is especially interested in the history and collection of the Earls of Warwick and is currently working on his doctorate at the University of Warwick.

The Study day is in Cley Village Hall and begins at 10.15am. Coffee will be served at 11.30am and a two-course meal at12.45pm. The final lecture starts at 2.00pm and the afternoon will end at approximately 3.30pm.
The fee for the study day is £35 per person.

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