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Hans Mielichs ‘singende’ Miniaturen, Samuel Quicchelbergs Declaratio und die Musikdarstellungen im Rore-Codex

Edenda curavit
Björn R. Tammen
cum Antonio Baldassarre, Cristina Bordas, Gabriela Currie, Nicoletta Guidobaldi
atque Philippe Vendrix
Founding editor 1984–2013: Tilman Seebass


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Autore Andrea Gottdang
Collana Imago Musicae
Dimensioni 18.5×26.5, pp. 227 (39-74)
Anno 2018
ISBN 9788870969528

The Bavarian State Library in Munich preserves a magnificent choir book with selected motets of Cipriano de Rore¬the so-called Rore-Codex, compiled on behalf of Albert V, duke of Bavaria, in 1558/59. The court painter Hans Mielich illuminated 82 pages of the music manuscript ( B[1), complemented in 1565 by a Declaratio of the humanist Samuel Quicchelberg ( B[2). Due to the extremely heterogeneous textual and musical matrix, traditional subjects of Christian iconography alternate with highly unusual profane ones; hence no single overarching concetto can be detected. Mielich’s unconventional self-portrait, including a pictorial reference to Apelles, the famous painter of ancient Greece, betrays a witty, self-confident artist; his intellectual input, therefore, can hardly be underestimated. Quicchelberg, on the other hand, did not fully understand all of the pictorial motifs for which he provided a foremost descriptive census, enriched with literary and exegetical sources. The abounding depictions of music and musical instruments, upon which the present article is centered, reveals sound as a guiding principle. Mielich focuses on three core elements: (1) the traditional division into ‘divine’ and ‘mundane’ music; (2) derived thereof, the opposition of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ music according to its intrinsic quality and moral value; (3) the depiction of King David, Tobit, Christ, and Horace, among others, as first ‘inventors’ (authors) of particular chants and prayers. The latter iconographic category allows for self-referential motifs that highlight the choir book as a medium for singers as well as a status symbol for the Wittelsbach patron.

AUTHOR: Universität Augsburg, Lehrstuhl für Kunstgeschichte/Bildwissenschaft, Universitätsstraße 10, 86159 Augsburg, Germany; <>