Picturing Divine Music in Italian Renaissance Art



Praise God in his sanctuary;

Praise him in his mighty heavens.

Praise him for his acts of power;

Praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,

Praise him with the harp and lyre,

Praise him with timbrel and dancing,

Praise him with the strings and pipe,

Praise him with the clash of cymbals,

Praise him with resounding cymbals.

(Psalm 150: 1-5)










Images: Giovanni Bellini, Frari Triptych (detail), 1488, oil on panel, Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice. Web Gallery of Art.

Giovanni Bellini, Frari Triptych (detail), 1488, oil on panel, Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice. Web Gallery of Art.

Antonio Correggio, Assumption of the Virgin (detail), 1526-30, fresco, Duomo, Parma. Web Gallery of Art.

Andrea Mantegna, San Zeno Polyptych (central panel, detail), 1457-60, tempera on panel, San Zeno, Verona. Web Gallery of Art.

Andrea Mantegna, San Zeno Polyptych (central panel, detail), 1457-60, tempera on panel, San Zeno, Verona. Web Gallery of Art.

Melozzo da Forli, Angel with Tambourine, 1480-84, fresco, Pinacoteca, Vatican. Web Gallery of Art.

Melozzo da Forli, Angel Making Music, 1480-84, fresco, Pinacoteca, Vatican. Web Gallery of Art.

Bartolomeo Montagna, Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints (detail), 1498, oil on canvas, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan. Web Gallery of Art.

Piero della Francesca, Nativity (detail), 1470-75, oil on poplar panel, National Gallery, London. Web Gallery of Art.

Rosso Fiorentino, Musician Angel, c. 1520, tempera on wood, 38 x 47 cm, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Web Gallery of Art.


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