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date: 08 December 2022


The Oxford Companion to Music
Ann BuckleyAnn Buckley

Music iconography is concerned with the visual representation of musical topics. The primary materials studied include portraits of performers and composers, illustrations of instruments and occasions of music-making, and the use of musical imagery for purposes of metaphorical or allegorical allusion. Iconography is thus an important resource for the study of music and the visual arts, including questions of patronage, reception history, social and intellectual history, philosophy, and aesthetics, as well as more strictly technical matters such as organology, music theory, performance practice and contexts, and the study of artistic styles and symbolic meanings. Depictions of musical scenes may also include representations of such associated performance arts as dance and drama, as well as of the kinds of space in which such activities took or take place. Bringing musicological knowledge to bear on the analysis of images can contribute valuable insights both to art history and to drama and theatre studies.... ...

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