The Feeder Feed: Museum Song Bird Edition

Here is an Allegory of Music by Laurent de la Hyre (+1656).

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The figure is playing a theorbo, or chitarrone, probably a symbol of musicaartificiale“. They had drone strings and produced a rather symphonic effect. On the other hand, the little bird is probably a symbol of musicanaturale“.

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The music is actually readable.

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And simply because she is so beautiful.

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Thank you Filippino Lippi!

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For St Ambrose on his feast!

By Giovanni di Paolo.

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By the way, we don’t know what exact piece is in the manuscript in the painting. However, so that you know more about the theorbo, here is a great video that shows it from many angles.

The being played is by Kapsberger, who did in 1651 in Rome. The painting is from 1647.

And this piece, with a touch in Piccinini, is a little more groovy.

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6 Responses to The Feeder Feed: Museum Song Bird Edition

  1. Supertradmum says:

    The Lippi painting leaves one breathless. I am assuming is it an egg tempera considering the luminosity, but correct me if I am wrong. Indeed, the Immaculate Conception!

  2. Mary Jane says:

    Beautiful!

  3. aragonjohn7 says:

    Music God made for a reason
    Music moves the soul.

    Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Shalom
    God bless

  4. Random Friar says:

    Ok, the music is visible, but inquiring minds want to know — what is it?

  5. aragonjohn7 says:

    Beauty is on of the aspects of God.

  6. wanda says:

    Thanks, Fr. Z. for the peeks at the beautiful works of art, music and the always enjoyable bird sightings, too. I like the 2nd video – the music is very groovy, for sure.