Music in art during the early renaissance

This collection, provides a means for analyzing art during the Early Renaissance. Throughout the collection, we will explore the techniques utilized to bring emphasis to the artists' reasoning behind the utilization of music concepts and items. Understanding the techniques used to highlight musical concepts are a great way to view the culture of the period as well as influence the creation of art today. Enjoy!

Here, the character appears to be Cupid, mocking music. The use of value in this image is brilliant. Instead of creating a scene full of objects, Caravaggio created a dark background to put emphasis on the important items, being Cupid and the instruments at his feet. He also uses a plethora of contrast.
This piece was created for an old hymn book. The character, Saint John the Baptist, is centered within the frame and has a well-balanced frame.
In this image, we can see a woman holding a book of sheet music, appearing to be discussing the topic. The artist used distinguished lines and contrasting colors in order to make the book more visible and recognizable. Value was used to push the two male characters to the background and assists with the balance of the image.
The music notes on the ribbon surrounding the angel to the left of this image are more discernable to current music notation than those we can see in the hymnbook painting, Initial D: Saint John the Baptist (within the gallery). Since the shapes are still not perfect, this is probably due to the dark black color of the notes on the pink ribbon that makes them easily recognized.
Similar to Saint Gregory (within the gallery), an angel can be seen to the left surrounded by musical notes on ribbon. Again, the notes are quite discernable, even more recognizable to modern notation. This piece also features a wide range of colors.
Stamina used great detail in texture within this painting. The robes all appear to be smooth from a distance but can see thread from close. However, if you tried to feel the robe, you would only feel wall. The use of balance in this painting brings a sense of unity.
While this piece does not cater to detail very well, it does emphasize the instruments nicely. The use of heavy contrast and sharp lines on the harp cause it to appear to lean out of the image. The repetition of circles at the bottom of the harp help complete the instrument when the strings are difficult to see.
One of these presenters, located center-right with the textured blue and gold dress, is holding sheet music to present to Boethius. The artist, Coëtivy Master, made the notes darker than the score lines. This technique helps the item appear as a sheet music rather than just a piece of paper. Master also used contrast when shading the folded-over section of the sheet.
Located in the center of this painting is a horn player and a trumpet player. The artist uses heavy lines on the trumpet to keep from running into the mountain behind. However, the flag on the horn allows for only the bottom of the horn to have heavy lines.
The aura of fading colors surrounding Mary, when looked at close enough, actually contains several instruments and musicians in the darkest perimeter. Geertgen tot Sint Jans manages to bring emphasis to these musicians and instruments with the value change in the musicians clothing and their skin and even brighter instruments.
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