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Citation Weretka, J. (2007). Homer the lironist: P. F. Mola, art and music in the baroque. Chelys Australis, (6), 1-12.
Handle 10187/1608
Title Homer the lironist: P. F. Mola, art and music in the baroque
Creator Weretka, John
Date 2007
Subject / Keywords art history, Homer, iconography, Pier Francesco Mola, lirone, history and iconography; musical iconography, music
Abstract Pier Francesco Mola’s Homer dictating (1663 – 66) shows the Classical poet dictating poetry to the accompaniment of his own playing of the lirone. This paper explores the intersections between fantasy and reality in this painting, and examines the ways in which Mola’s image captures the ‘true’ history of the lirone and its position in society, as well as the ways in which wilfully inaccurate archaeology was used as a site for a polemic on the hierarchical superiority of stringed instruments in the late Renaissance and Baroque. Probing musical treatises, the extant repertoire, and documentary evidence from contemporary novelle, diaries and festival records, this paper seeks to understand why Mola placed the lirone, invented at the turn of the sixteenth century, into the hand of a poet dead for almost two and a half millenia.
Type Journal (Paginated)
Source Title Chelys Australis
Issue 6
Pages 1-12
Language eng
Notes Deposited with permission of Chelys Australis: Journal of the Australian Viola de Gamba Society. Figure 1 reproduced with permission of the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives.
Publication Status Published
Peer Reviewed Non Peer Reviewed
Faculty/Department Arts: Department of English with Cultural Studies
Faculty/Department Arts: School of Fine Arts, Classical Studies and Archaeology
Collection Research Collections (UMER)
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