barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Drawing Out the Sound

Representations of Music in Art

“How can sound be evoked in a drawing?”

                                                                   “Can a work of art sing?”

Throughout history, artists have been fascinated with depicting music, grappling with the challenge of conjuring sound through a silent and visual medium. In this display, prints and drawings from the 15th to the 20th century allow an insight into how – and why – artists have represented sound in art.

Featuring artists ranging from Dürer to Renoir, this print display brings together works that reflect upon the changing meanings of music in society.

ascribed to Pietro Antonio Novelli (1729-1804)

A Music Party

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Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

A Man with an Oar

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Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

St Christopher

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

The Dance in the Country

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