Parthenon Symposia: Making Ancient Vases Sing: Musical Imagery in the Art of South Italy
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
was an integral component of daily life in the ancient Mediterranean world.
There is abundant evidence—literary, visual, and archaeological—for the importance
of music to religious ritual, celebratory banquets, personal entertainment, and
even mythological narratives. For example, nearly 1700 vases decorated with
musical imagery, all created in the 4th century BCE, have been
recovered from one region of South Italy alone.
Thursday, February 21st, Dr. Veronica
Ikeshoji-Orlati will give a brief overview of the body of musical imagery
on these red-figure vases and then dive into an explanation of the latest techniques
of analysis. The use of a combined traditional, iconographic approach with a
contemporary data-driven one illustrates the complexity of “reading” musical
imagery on these vases as documents of performance practice in their time. This
hybrid method also highlights the artist’s hand in creating both ancient and
modern perceptions about musicians and their instruments.
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