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Art, History & Politics, Music, Theater & Dance

Quattrocento: Tuscany & Flanders

What Makes It Italian? Studies in Contrast

Monday, March 15, 2021
6:30 pm


The serene humanism of Italian Renaissance painting and music finds its counterpart in the rationality of Flemish portraiture and motets.
Italian pairing: Master painter/geometer Piero della Francesca shares a humanist approach with musicians from Mantua.
Flemish pairing: Robert Campin’s portraiture together with Guillaume Du Fay’s “Nuper rosarum flores” reveal Flemish rationalism.

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.”