Wondrous Wine and Magical Mead in Renaissance Art and Song

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In vino veritas! As the ancient Roman encyclopedist Pliny the Elder (1st c., c.e.) famously put it, the fermented grape possesses the power to elucidate truth and to foment joy and laughter. Join Dr. Susan Weiss (Associate Professor of Musicology, JHU) and Dr. April Oettinger (Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Goucher College) on a lively, mead-induced, journey through the musical and visual culture of drinking in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. We will explore the theological, mythological, and social dimensions of wine- and beer- induced visions, from the songs of the troubadours to viticultural humanism in 16th-century Italian painting. To round out the reverie, participants will not only be treated to Renaissance drinking songs performed by Peabody students, but will also have a chance to join in a merry sing-a-long. Charm City Meadworks will also join in to teach us about mead and show us their unique variety - including carbonated canned meads (elderberry, wildflower, basil lemongrass, cyser) and still mead (black currant red raspberry), and demonstrate a Bourbon Black Currant Smash cocktail. We invite you to concoct your own cocktail along with us, or if you're local, pick up your own mead to enjoy throughout the event from the following locations: 


Charm City Meadworks Taproom - located at 400 E Biddle St, Baltimore, MD, 21202.  M-F 12pm-8PM and 12pm-5pm on the weekends
Maryland and VA liquor stores - The #FindMead function https://charmcitymeadworks.com/find-mead will show accounts in the area which carry CCM products. 
Vinoshipper - Customers can order online through our Vinoshipper Website from 35 different states including MD and VA and have access to all products.  

For the Bourbon Black Currant Smash Cocktail, you'll need: 

Bourbon
CCMW Black Currant Red Raspberry
Blackberries
Lime
Fresh mint 
Honey
Soda water (optional)

Shaker and muddler (substitutes can be a mason jar and a long spoon)

Revisit the YouTube videos Susan references in this presentation at the links below: 

Dionysus/Bacchus in Fantasia: https://youtu.be/ErnZLnwY49Y
A Drunken Fruit Fly: https://youtu.be/ZCJi8nIGd-s
Tempus est Iocundum "Codex Buranus, 179": https://youtu.be/NPDCsi1mbhE
Trionfo performed by Italian School Children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw6bqiZRcj0
"El Grillo": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_EsMD6oDvI
Musiciens qui chantez: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74iTUDJE8yU
Orlando di Lasso - Audite nova!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUQG0h7A0R8
La Traviata: “Libiamo, ne’ lieti calici”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afhAqMeeQJk
G.Verdi - Otello - "Beva con me...": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEusfDS-TXo
2017 Die Fledermaus : Waltz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rMME_BgziQ
BARLEYJUICE "I'm In Love With A Priest": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW-cUQ9UpTc

 

Headshot of Susan WeissSusan Forscher Weiss, Ph.D  holds joint appointments in Musicology at the Peabody Institute, and in the Department of Modern Languages at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, at the Johns Hopkins University. Publications include articles and reviews in national and international journals such as Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music, Renaissance Quarterly, etc. Among her book publications are Bologna Q 18: An Introduction and Facsimile Edition (1999) and Music Education in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (2010, co-edited with Russell E. Murray, Jr. and Cynthia J. Cyrus). In 2016, Weiss, along with Don Randel and Matthew Shaftel published A Cole Porter Companion. Her current research involves images and memory, history and technology of musical instruments, as well as the Arabic contribution to music. Weiss is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards from the ACLS, NEH, Harvard University, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and from the Johns Hopkins University for innovations in teaching and technology and music cognition. In 2018, she was awarded an inaugural DELTA grant (Digital Education & Learning Technology Acceleration). She has served on a number of boards including the Executive board of the Renaissance Society of America, the Sheridan Libraries Advisory Board, and as a delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies.  In Fall 2014 she was the Robert Lehman Visiting Professor at The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa i Tatti, in Florence and in Spring 2019, a Visiting Professor at Princeton University.

Headshot of April OettingerApril Oettinger, PhD is Professor of Art History, Chair of the Visual & Material Culture Program, and Director of the recently inaugurated Sweren Wogan Institute for the Study of the Book at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Her recent publications, which have appeared in scholarly journals including Artibus et Historiae, The Journal of Word and Image, and Source, explore the relationship of humans and nature in the early modern era, Renaissance print culture and the production of knowledge, and the role of visual and literary culture in shaping early modern natural science. She has been the recipient of a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship and the Dame Francis Yates Fellowship at the University of London’s Warburg Institute. More recently, grants from the Delmas Foundation, the Renaissance Society of America, the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and a Senior Visiting Mellon Fellowship at the National Gallery of Art (CASVA) supported her research for Green Worlds in Early Modern Italy. Art and the Verdant Earth (Amsterdam University Press, 2019), co-authored with Karen Hope Goodchild and Leopoldine Prosperetti, and her current book project, Animating Nature. Lorenzo Lotto and the Sublime Turn in 16th-Century Venetian Landscape Art, 1500-1550.

 Event Date
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Start Time: 7:00pm
End Time: 8:00pm

 Location

Via Livestream
Baltimore 21218

 Contact
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