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Un-discarded images: illustrations of antique musical instruments in 17th- and 18th-century books, their sources and transmission

Barker, Naomi (2007). Un-discarded images: illustrations of antique musical instruments in 17th- and 18th-century books, their sources and transmission. Early Music, 35(2) pp. 191–212.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/em/cam029
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Abstract

Illustrations of ancient musical instruments appear in encyclopaedias, histories and general books on music from the 17th century onwards. This article examines the origins of some of these images, a number of which may be traced back to the early 17th century and to the so-called ‘Paper Museum’ of Cassiano dal Pozzo. The author also suggests that while later writers may deal critically with the text content of their sources, the illustrations have not been subject to the same level of scrutiny. Reproductions of images appear, often without acknowledgement, over a wide geographical area and considerable chronological span, disseminating visual information that becomes increasingly inaccurate. The lack of concern with illustrative detail sounds a warning about the use information gleaned from pictorial evidence, contained within often authoritative books, and the necessity to examine their sources.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2007 The Author
ISSN: 1741-7260
Keywords: musical iconography; ancient musical instruments; aulos; crotala; cymbals; sistrum; tibia; Jean le Rond d'Alembert; Caspar Bartholin; Giovanni Pietro Bellori; Francesco Bianchini; Filippo Buonanni; Denis Diderot; Giovanni Battista Doni; Sir John Hawkins; Johann Nikolaus Forkel; Athanasius Kircher; Frederick Adolphe Lampe; Marin Mersenne; Lorenzo Pignoria; Cassiano dal Pozzo; Michael Praetorius; Jacques Spon
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 44565
Depositing User: Naomi Barker
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2015 08:15
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:47
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/44565
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