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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Músicos cegos ou cegos músicos: representações de compensação sensorial na história da arte
Title Alternative: Musicians that are blind or blind musicians: representations of sensory compensation in art history
Author: Reily, Lucia
Abstract: Representations of blind musicians have been a recurring theme among artists since Antiquity. A survey of artworks uncovered nearly 160 portrayals of visual impairment, of which 25 represented blind musicians. This paper presents a historical description of conceptions of blind musicians based on these depictions covering several centuries. The analysis of the concentration of harpists in Antiquity, hurdy-gurdy players from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, violinists and guitar players from the 17th to the 19th century and the emergence of the accordion by the mid 19th century enables us to reflect on the fluctuating role of blind musicians in society, depending on prevailing stereotypes. Analyzing visual cues in artwork shows how musicians that are blind often play the role of blind musicians, working in poverty, on the fringe of society where their musical performance makes begging a legitimate business. The conceit of sensory compensation for loss of sight through heightened hearing is also explored.
A representação de músicos cegos foi tema recorrente entre os artistas desde a Antiguidade. O presente estudo descreve historicamente as concepções sobre a figura do músico cego baseado nas obras que atravessam os séculos. A análise da concentração de harpistas na Antiguidade, de tocadores de viola de roda na Idade Média até o Barroco, de violinistas e violonistas entre os séculos XVII e XIX e o aparecimento do acordeão a partir do século XIX permite falar do flutuante papel do músico cego na sociedade. O estudo mostra que na Era Cristã predominava o papel de cego músico, trabalhando na marginalidade e na miséria, onde sua performance musical legitimava a mendicância.
Subject: Música
Cegueira
Mundo do trabalho
História da Arte
Representação
Music
Blindness
Work
Art history
Editor: Centro de Estudos Educação e Sociedade
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S0101-32622008000200007
Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-32622008000200007
http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0101-32622008000200007
Date Issue: 1-Aug-2008
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