Sights of Sound

Discover the sounds in our paintings

From cannon fire to jangling tambourines and birdsong to rowdy jigs, some paintings in our collection silently suggest sound. Noise may be invisible but that has never discouraged artists from attempting to register it in paint. How can visual records of musical performance and other forms of sound-making inform our readings of the paintings?

In this tour we explore and discuss the pictorial devices used by artists to suggest the presence and experience of sound, and consider how it is that we remain aware of sound, though the paintings themselves are mute.

Image: Detail from Titian, ‘Bacchus and Ariadne’, 1520-3 c The National Gallery, London.

Duration 14 August 2015 - 14 August 2015
Times Friday 14 August, 6.30–8pm
Cost £30/£28 concessions/£26 Members
Venue The National Gallery
Address Trafalgar Square London WC2N5DN, ,
Contact 02077472885 / /

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