Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - Sunday, October 12, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location
The Walters Art Museum

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Medieval painters often filled their manuscripts with scenes of everyday life that included charming illuminations of people and animals playing musical instruments and dancing. Many of these images, however, functioned as sophisticated symbols that conveyed a complex understanding of man’s relationship with the order of the universe. Musical harmony and dissonance were thought to mirror the perfection of heaven as well as the disorder of evil. This exhibition, composed of approximately twenty manuscripts and objects, will explore music in its relationship with philosophy, religion, and the arts during the Middle Ages.