CD cover with a 14th-century illumination of two embracing lovers surrounded by flowers; one holds a falcon, suggesting they're resting from a day of hunting.

Visual consonance: place, time, theme, style

Here’s Anonymous 4’s CD The Second Circle: Love Songs of Francesco Landini. As you’ll recall, Landini is the blind virtuoso and composer most associated with the Italian ars nova. Consider the image on the cover. Courtly lovers in a garden? Check. Fourteenth-century source? Check. Lavish illumination? Check! That image is from the iconic Codex Manesse,…
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