Music and Art at the Council of Florence

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This talk focuses on the artistic, cultural and political contexts around the great council held in Florence in 1439. The council’s aim was to unite the eastern and western churches and the arrival of a large contingent of Greeks – including the emperor and patriarch and their court of clerics, musicians, lawyers and diplomats – had a huge impact on the city of Florence. Art historian Dr Clare Hornsby, in conversation withDaniel-Ben Pienaar, considers this impact in terms of the visual arts, intellectual renaissance and liturgical music.

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