TRADITIONS of Baroque Violin Playing

 

Part IV - ICONOGRAPHY


One of the ways we can get a feeling for the way musicians played at any given place and time is by looking at contemporary paintings. The trouble is, while this can be very informative, it is also riddled with difficulties. How accurate is the painting? Was the artist portraying fact, or some artistic inner vision? Was the artist technically up to the task? Is the painting portraying current practice, or copying an older painting? What is the context and aim of the painting? Is the subject of the painting a model, or a live musician? The list continues!
Nonetheless, taken together, with due attention to provenance, I think that this sort of evidence can be very useful. So here we are; - a series of pictures that I have assembled over the years. Click on the thumbnail images on this page to link to a larger image (some with an extra detailed view), along with information about the painting (artist, date), and any comments or observations I have. You can subsequently navigate through the images either by returning to this “thumbnail” page, or following the pointing hands (bottom left and right) to take you forwards or backwards through the full-scale images.

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