Musical Art-Marcos Sanchez

This gallery highlights the presence of musical instruments and musical moments throughout different time periods and cultures.  Paintings, physical instruments and sculptures are constantly telling a story.  Music has always been an integral part of humanity and one of the most influential form of art from pre historic time period until modern times.

Silver lyre, -2600/-2600, From the collection of: British Museum
The lyre is considered the world's oldest string instrument to survive. Based on the location of discovery it is believed this specific Lyre was utilised for burial ceremonies to accompany songs. This Instrument is played by plucking the strings.
Musicians, Unknown, 200 B.C. - A.D. 500, From the collection of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
This sculpture demonstrate two musicians (percussionist). Percussive instruments have been present since pre historic times and have formed integral part of religious ceremonies and celebration.
Venus with the Organ Player, Titian, around 1550, From the collection of: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Venus with the Organ Player has many meanings. I find it to demonstrate the connection between the art of music (Organist) and love (Cupid).
The Three Musicians, Diego Velázquez, around 1616, From the collection of: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
This canvas depicts three musicians sitting around a table. The contrast between shadows and light clearly focuses on the three young man holding instruments. The young man holding a glass of wine gives a sense of celebration, happiness and good time. Also the glass of wine can represent some sort of inspiration for the musician.
The Love Letter, Johannes Vermeer, Around 1669, From the collection of: Rijksmuseum
In this painting we can distantly see a young lady being interrupted from her musical moment and receiving a love letter. The angle in which this painting was done brings us into the privacy of someones personal and creative space. Love is always a great topic to find inspiration and maybe this letter triggered some great ideas and sentiment.
The Five Senses, Hearing, GONZALES COQUES, ca. 1650, From the collection of: Muzeul Național Brukenthal
This painting by Gonzales Coques has very specific details that can point out to the time period. Details of the instrument's construction and dimensions suggest that this is taking place during the baroque time period. The tip (head) of the bow and dimensions of the violin (shorter neck) suggest this is around the 17th century, a very important era in the history of Western Art Music and evolution of the violin as it became more popular as a solo instrument. One more detail that differentiates the violin of the baroque era is the absence of chin and shoulder rest.
Portrait de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Salzbourg, 1756-Vienne, 1791) jouant à Paris avec son père Jean-Georg-Léopold et sa sœur Maria-Anna, Louis Carrogis dit Carmontelle, 1763, From the collection of: Château de Chantilly
This painting (Watercolor) depicts the child prodigy Mozart accompanied by his father and teacher Leopold Mozart and his sister Maria Ana. This is a clear demonstration of how talented young Mozart was executing the clavier at such a young age.
Amateurs of Tye-Wig Music ('Musicians of the Old School'), Edward Francis Burney, c.1820, From the collection of: Tate Britain
This image represents the battle between "modern" music (Mozart and Beethoven) and "traditional" music (Handel and Corelli". History tells the story of how Mozart broke many rules, later Beethoven expanded instrumentation beyond anything ever seen. Both of these composers where very influential each one in their era yet here we can see their influence upon musicians vs great composers and founding fathers of Western Traditional Music. This painting also has gothic elements (Room decor) indicating the "comeback" of ancient taste.
Harpsichord by Onofrio Guarracino, Onofrio Guarracino, circa 1675, From the collection of: Royal College of Music
This instrument is known as the Harpsichord. This particular instrument had a few alterations than it's predecesor. The length of the instrument,strings, soundboard design and keyboard set up indicate that this was constructed in Naples around 1670's by Onofrio Guarracino. Many of the construction specs point towards a turning point in music history. Like modern day musicians where seeking new and different sounds and one way of innovation was redesigning instruments and experimenting with different dimensions.
The Sense of Hearing, Philippe Mercier, 1689 or 1691–1760, Franco-German, active in Britain (from 1716), 1744 to 1747, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
Here we can see a group of female musicians. At all times they seem to be enjoying the sound of music utilising "the sense of hearing". By the look of the instruments and techniques being used one can come to the conclusion that this was around the Baroque era.
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