'Stupid Midas'

'Stupid Midas'

Visualising Musical Judgement and Moral Judgement in Italy ca.1520

By Patrick McMahon and Dr Tim Shephard

Patrick McMahon and I applied together to the Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) scheme in 2015 to collaborate on research into representations of the ancient myth of the Judgement of Midas in Italian art of the early 16th century.

The research formed part of my larger project 'Music in the Art of Renaissance Italy, 1420-1540', funded by the Leverhulme Trust 2014-17, and saw Patrick - a 2nd Year music student - join the project team for six weeks during the summer.

Patrick worked on a range of textual and visual primary sources, some of which he could only consult in the British Library in London.

We created this poster outlining our research which we presented at the large annual Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference in Brussels, and also at the SURE showcase in Sheffield. We have since co-authored an essay on the topic which will be published in the forthcoming book Music, Myth and Story in Medieval and Early Modern Europe edited by Katherine Butler and Samantha Bassler.


Judgement of Midas in Italian art of the early 16th century

Download a PDF version of the poster.