The Library of Congress >  Researchers >  Search Finding Aids  >  Edmund A. Bowles collection of musical iconography, 1300-1985

Edmund A. Bowles collection of musical iconography, 1300-1985

Contact UsHelpSearch All Finding Aids
BOX 1-22 Iconography, 1300-1985 (bulk circa 1350-circa 1550)
This series consists of photostats and photographic prints of musical iconography dating from about 1300 to 1985, with the bulk from the fourteenth through sixteenth centuries. These materials depict medieval musical instruments and performance practices, with an emphasis on sacred imagery, as well as performances at festivals and ceremonies during the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. It is rich in imagery of percussion instruments and documents the use and construction of the timpani through the twentieth century. While the vast majority of the iconography is from illuminated medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, other depicted media include stained glass, tapestries, ivory combs and mirror cases, paintings, woodcuts, cathedral tympana, triptychs, and statuary. They were created almost exclusively in Western Europe, but a few scenes from medieval Arabic manuscripts are also notable. Most images are in grayscale and contain source citations. The headings below are Bowles's titles from his original binders.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
BOX-FOLDER 1/1-3 Angel - musicians
BOX-FOLDER 1/4-6 Aristocratic music-making
BOX-FOLDER 2/1-4 Banquets
BOX-FOLDER 2/5 Banquets with minstrel gallery
BOX-FOLDER 2/6 to 3/1 Bow instruments
BOX-FOLDER 3/2-4 Coronations
BOX-FOLDER 3/5-6 Dancing nobility indoors
BOX-FOLDER 4/1-2 Dancing nobility outdoors
BOX-FOLDER 4/3-5 Dancing other
BOX-FOLDER 4/6 Eastern instrumental practices
BOX-FOLDER 5/1-2 Ensemble music
BOX-FOLDER 5/3-4 Ensembles bas
BOX-FOLDER 5/5-6 Ensembles haut
BOX-FOLDER 6/1-3 Feudal milieu
BOX-FOLDER 6/4-5 Harp
BOX-FOLDER 6/6 to 7/3 Heavenly Jerusalem symbolism
BOX-FOLDER 7/4-5 Hunting scenes
BOX-FOLDER 7/6-7 Lute guitar
BOX-FOLDER 8/1-5 Miscellaneous religious
BOX-FOLDER 8/6 to 9/2 Musical ensembles in festival books no. 1
BOX-FOLDER 9/3-6 Musical ensembles in festival books no. 2
BOX-FOLDER 10/1-2 Musical ensembles in festival books no. 3
BOX-FOLDER 10/3-4 Naval scenes
BOX-FOLDER 10/5 to 11/2 Organs keyboard
BOX-FOLDER 11/3-5 Percussion bells
BOX-FOLDER 11/6 to 12/5 Processions
BOX-FOLDER 12/6-7 Psaltery dulcimer
BOX-FOLDER 13/1-2 Recorder shawm bagpipe
BOX-FOLDER 13/3-5 Religious services
BOX-FOLDER 13/6-8 Requiem masses office of the dead
BOX-FOLDER 14/1-3 Singing
BOX-FOLDER 14/4-7 Theater
BOX-FOLDER 15/1-4 Timpani, 1300-1600
BOX-FOLDER 15/5-6 Timpani, 1600-1650
BOX-FOLDER 16/1-4 Timpani, 1650-1700
BOX-FOLDER 16/5 to 17/2 Timpani, 1700-1730
BOX-FOLDER 17/3-5 Timpani, 1700-1750
BOX-FOLDER 17/6 to 18/1 Timpani, 1750-1800
BOX-FOLDER 18/2-5 Timpani, 1800-1900
BOX-FOLDER 18/6 to 19/2 Timpani, 1900-1985
BOX-FOLDER 19/3-5 Tourney jousting
BOX-FOLDER 19/6 to 20/2 Trumpet sackbut
BOX-FOLDER 20/3-4 Urban music environment
BOX-FOLDER 20/5 to 21/1 Unfiled iconographical material
BOX-FOLDER 21/2-4 Virgin and child
BOX-FOLDER 21/5 to 22/1 Warfare field combat
BOX-FOLDER 22/2-3 Warfare siege assault
BOX-FOLDER 22/4-5 Wedding
BOX-FOLDER 22/6-7 Welcoming ceremonies

Contents List