International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts

The objective of the Study Group is to advance the research of visual sources relevant for music history, performance practice, musical life, and organology, as well as to provide a forum for cooperation among scholars of music iconography by means of international meetings and publications. The Study Group was founded by Tilman Seebass in 1985 as the Study Group for Music Iconography. Under his direction the following meetings were held:

1986, The Hague: Methods in musical iconography
1988, Orta San Giulio: North-Mediterranean folk music in the visual arts
1990, Thessaloniki: The spirit of Greek music in the visual arts of antiquity
1990, Bukhara: Music in the visual arts of Central Asia before 1700
1993, Bad Köstritz: Image and reality in the presentation of musical processions, 1660–1775
1994/95, Jerusalem & Ramat Gan: Music images and the Bible
1995, Innsbruck: Myth and reality in dance pictures
1996, Sedano (Burgos): Music and dance in pictures of popular and courtly feasts (Southern Europe, 1500–1750)
1998, Thessaloniki: Music and images of music in the Mediterranean world, 300 B.C.– 300 A.D.
2001, Bologna: L'iconografia musicale: Mito e storia

Selected papers from these conferences have appeared in volumes of Imago Musicae and Music in Art.

Program/abstracts of the past symposia are available here.



Zdravko Blažeković, chair
Research Center for Music Iconography
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309

Cristina Santarelli, vice-chair
Istituto per i beni musical in Piemonte
Via Anton Giulio Barrili 7
10134 Torino

Daniela Castaldo, secretary
Università del Salento

11th symposium: Call for papers

Images of Music-Making and Cultural Exchange
between the East and the West

China Conservatory of Music / 中国音乐学院, Beijing