2020 Virtual Festival
Tuesday, July 28
Art and Plague in the Age of Bach and Before
An illustrated lecture by Sheila ffolliott, Professor Emerita of Art History at George Mason University, examining the ways in which the arts inform us about how past societies reacted to pandemics in the 14th through 18th centuries
Some resources on plagues in history
Ancient History Encyclopedia
Great plague of London
Exhibition review Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500–1800
http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/758#.XxnpXS3Mx0s The book itself is available.
Guillaume Dufay O sancte Sebastiane Motet for four voices composed around 1440 during an epidemic of the plague in Ferrara
Rare books and primary sources
Traité de la peste: recueilli des meilleurs auteurs anciens et …, Volume 1 1721 By Jean-Jacques Manget
National Library of Medicine: Gateway to Rare Books
The Wellcome Collection, London https://wellcomecollection.org use the search function
http://www.medici.org use the search function
To get a sense by reading synopses of archival documents from the 15th-17th centuries of what is said about plague and smallpox, go to this website and click on BIA. To gain access you will need to register and obtain a password, but it is free. Once you are in, you will see a Simple Search menu in the top center. Choose Document Synopses and enter a search term that interests you. “Plague” produces several hundred entries; “Smallpox” fewer. A list of relevant documents will pop up on the right and when you click on one example, you’ll see a synopsis in English.
Chiu, R. (2017). Plague and Music in the Renaissance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.