This edition of the Barberini Harp Project Interviews brought Harfenlabor in 2019 to Marzia Faietti, the former director of the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe at Le Gallerie degli Uffizi, Firenze. Faietti provides invaluable art historical context for music iconography within the graphic art of the 16th and 17th century preserved at the Uffizi. Faietti’s analysis of a preparatory drawing, often attributed to Giovanni Battista Soria, for a richly decorated harp with an unusually sumptuously decorated column, offers a fascinating insight into the aesthetic, musical, political, ceremonial and economic importance of such an instrument. This drawing is believed to be a preparatory drawing for the Barberini Harp, now preserved at the Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali, Roma. The matter of whether the drawing is by Soria, and whether it could indeed be a preparatory drawing for the Barberini Harp is the topic of Ursula Verena Fischer Pace’s article Designs for Musical Instruments.
With the generous support of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut and Istituto Storico Austriaco. Special thanks to Eike Schmidt, Laura Donati and Fabrizio Paolucci at the Uffizi.
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Cite:&&Marzia Faietti, <i>Two Souls of a Harp</i>, Barberini Harp Project / Interviews, by Studio Armin Linke / Harfenlabor.com, May 9, 2022, Harfenlabor.com, MP4, 18:26, https://www.harfenlabor.com/research/two-souls-of-a-harp/.