Renaissance Art and Music

: the space between

Conference: The Visual Arts and Music in Renaissance Europe


Hendrick ter Brugghen     Oil on canvas Dimensions: 71 x 91.5cm    Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

When: 09.30 – 17.30, Saturday 18 January 2014 (with registration from 09.00)

Where: Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Due to unforeseen circumstances the keynote address will now be given by Professor Thomas Schmidt (University of Manchester)

Ticket/Entry details: Free and Open to all, with advance booking required.

BOOK ONLINE: For further details please

There was a strong relationship between music and the visual arts during the Renaissance. The function, meaning, audience and patronage of both strands of the arts were often extremely closely aligned. Music and the visual arts in the Renaissance paralleled one another in the creation (or dissolution) of national style, portrayed the same religious, mythological and secular sources in analogous institutional and private spaces, and drew inspiration from one another in engaging audiences of all types – sacred and secular, elite to illiterate.

The study (and experience) of music and art has occurred largely separately, however. Hence, the wariness of students of Renaissance art and music to explore the relationship between their own discipline and their close yet unfamiliar counterpart has resulted more in the appropriation rather than synthesis of diverse research skills. This symposium hopes to break down these historiographic boundaries and explore the numerous instances of interdisciplinarity that exist in Renaissance scholarship. We provide a forum for postgraduate and early career scholars of all disciplines to present instances of this relationship in their research, and to use this symposium as an opportunity for exploratory and open-minded discussion of aural and visual experience in Renaissance culture and historiography. We were particularly keen to encourage participants to consider ways of presenting interdisciplinary research in engaging and inventive ways, and look forward to a dynamic and interesting day.

Organised by Harriette Peel (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Matthew Laube (Royal Holloway, University of London), & Katie Bank (Royal Holloway, University of London). 

The Renaissance Art and Music project (, is supported by the AHRC.


Conference The Visual Arts and Music in Renaissance Europe c1400 1650

Renaissance Art & Music

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Royal Holloway, University of London


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