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Art, History & Politics, Music, Theater & Dance

Cinquecento: Rome & Spain

What Makes It Italian? Studies in Contrast

Monday, March 22, 2021
6:30 pm


Mannerism exaggerates figures, lighting and colours in Italian painting and  manifests nearby with peculiarly Spanish flavor.
Italian pairing: The non-rational space of Pontormo’s painterly world finds its counterpart in the troubled musical landscape of Luca Marenzio.
Spanish pairing: El Greco’s haunting work and Tomas Luis de Victoria’s “O magnum mysterium”.

What Makes It Italian? Studies in Contrast is a music listening and discussion group that meets online on the Zoom platform and is open to everyone.

Participation is free.

The group is led by Gina Crusco, who guides listening at Bard LLI and Riverdale Y, and who has been music instructor at The New School and director of Underworld Productions.

Please email to confirm your attendance and receive an invitation link.

What seems indescribable in music often becomes easy to name in the visual arts. So this series for the first time offers much to see as well as to hear. Each week an Italian pairing of music and art is held up against a similar pairing from elsewhere. Noting how the Italianate aesthetic contrasts with England, Spain, France, the Low Countries, Austria and the US will help us define more clearly “What Makes it Italian.”

There are currently no on view at Casa Italiana