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News 2016: (US) Unquiet Thoughts - Saturday Morning Post: "Puer natus est" (24 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 27, 2016

"This Christmas Eve we offer a dual discussion: first a brief mention of a 15th-century painting of the Nativity, and secondly a synopsis of a miniature musical masterpiece by Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500 – 1553). ...

... f the reader follows the link to Piero’s circa 1475 Nativity, close examination of the angelic lutes reveals a few interesting details.  First, the perspective is beautifully accurate right down to the angles of the interesting lute roses.  Next, a look at the angel’s right hand disposition reveals that the one on the left may or may not have been holding a plectrum, while the angel on the right is clearly playing polyphony with the fingertips of the right hand.  Unfortunately, much of the finer details – like the strings – are absent, likely due to an overzealous cleaning or “restoration”." ...

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