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Music, antiquity and self-fashioning in the Accademia dei Lincei

Barker, Naomi J. (2015). Music, antiquity and self-fashioning in the Accademia dei Lincei. The Seventeenth Century, 30(4) pp. 375–390.

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The members of the Accademia dei Lincei are known chiefly for their achievements in early modern science, most notably supporting and funding Galileo’s projects. Their investigations of the natural world using both microscope and telescope were ground breaking, but potentially heretical. This article investigates aspects of their interest in the music of antiquity and its place in early modern Rome and Naples, presenting Fabio Colonna’s book La Sambuca lincea as a case study. The timing of the Lincean musical activities is juxtaposed with other significant events such as the injunctions against Galileo, throwing into relief some curious coincidences. The antique on the one hand evoked classical authority and was afforded due reverence, but could on the other, also provide the means of fashioning an outward identity different from internal intent. It will be suggested that elements of this antiquarian heritage are reflected in the patronage and cultural politics of the Accademia dei Lincei, whose participation in musica erudita, as evidenced in the work of Colonna, may have been part of a tacit display of corporate self-fashioning.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Seventeenth Century
ISSN: 2050-4616
Keywords: Italian Academies; classical reception; sambuca lincea; Fabio Colonna; chromaticism; keyboard
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: 44869
Depositing User: Naomi Barker
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2015 10:30
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2020 12:27
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