Heavenly Melodies

This gallery contains historical figures who not necessarily were popular or famous in the music field, but rather they who had any kind of influence on music, written, melody, tones or composition. Before it had became digital, music has come a long way and it exists for as long as mankind existed.

Harps are also part of the music in "Das Rheingold.", Fábio Mendonça, 2013-11-09/2013-11-14, From the collection of: Fundação Theatro Municipal de São Paulo
Harps are classical instruments - They are big and put out a unique sound. A photo taken by Fabio Mendonca based out of lines used from the strings of the instrument creating a pattern in the composition. The emphasis is on the instrument rather than the musician who is out of focus.
Portrait of a Woman with a Book of Music, Bacchiacca (Francesco Ubertini), about 1540 - 1545, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This drawing illustrates a woman sitting at the table with a book of music. The lines and colors of the art makes it a realistic as oppose to abstract because you clearly see what is in the picture. Details are appreciated when you notice the little notes in the book. Very small and you can still see the notes clearly when you zoom in.
Music Score for Heretic (1929), From the collection of: Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance
This is called a music sheet. You can recognize one by the bar lines and notes. The notes you can recognize by its shapes and forms. They are always black of color. This music score dates back to 1929 and till this day this same format is still being used globally no matter what instruments used to play the notes and chords.
Musical Group, Callisto Piazza (Calisto de la Piaza da Lodi), Italian (active Lodi and Brescia), first documented 1524, died 1561, 1520s, From the collection of: Philadelphia Museum of Art
By the looks of this oil based painting from the 1520s, it was meant to be a photography. But because cameras did not exist in this period of time they used talented artists to paint memories and pictures. This drawing could easily be an album covered if the people were band members. The guy in the lower left corner being the lead singer.
Musical Group on a Balcony, Gerrit van Honthorst (Dutch, 1590 - 1656), 1622, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
The meaning of this drawing is literally what music does - bringing people together and partying. It even has impact on animals as illustrated in the drawing. The lines give an illusion that the people are standing way up on top of a roof balcony having fun by their facial expressions and movement.
Musical Angel, Rosso Fiorentino, Around 1522, From the collection of: Uffizi Gallery
Growing up I used to see angels playing the harp. In this case this angel is playing a different instrument. This drawing emits calmness. Heavenly music that brings peace and rest. So calm that it put the little girl to sleep. With the background bing all black Rosso Fiorentino made use of the space available to fill the frame with what is important to put more emphasis on what is relevant.
Still Life with Musical Instruments and Books, Bartholomeo Bettera, Mid-17th century, From the collection of: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Remarkable about this drawing is all the instruments have the same color brown and the table they are on has a red cloth with black shapes and lines on it creating a contrast or separation in colors. Full black background forces you to look at what is relevant in the picture.
The Music Lesson, Gerard ter Borch (Dutch, 1617 - 1681), about 1668, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
This title of this painting is exactly what it is. Notice how the colors used on the dress of the lady makes her stand out from everything else. The background is dark. And in the midst of all the darkness an orange cello stands out. The use of colors is well played.
Musical instrument with sounding box and gut strings, -1/1, From the collection of: National Museum of Asian Art
When you first look at this box you don't notice that it's a musical instrument. In fact I've never seen one before. This drawing is very real and details are clear. Details and the use of shades may fool you and make you think that it's a photo when it's not. Also the shadow is what makes it look real.
Musical Rhythm, Khien Yimsiri, 1949, From the collection of: Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
I like how you can make a one color sculptures and still illustrate clearly what it is by the look of the shape and their form. Clearly you see it's a person sitting down legs crossed, blowing a flute. The description states that this person is in an elegant posture, personally I think it's uncomfortable.
Music Mounted on an Eagle, Ernst Rietschel, 1839, From the collection of: Sculpture Collection, Dresden State Art Collections
The reason I like this sculpture is because as I stated in an earlier post, music brings people and animals together. In this case it doesn't have the same symbolism but an animal and a person is involved and Rietschel has his reason why he made this. The lady flying on top of an eagle, playing music freely. The way her hair is shaped illustrates she's in the air and the eagle is most likely flying. The lady is comfortable.
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