In this Keynote Address, Prof William Franke closes a conference on the parameters of the unknowable and the unutterable in early modernity. His talk addresses one of the most important figures on the cusp of the Renaissance, Nicolas of Cusa, and how his apophatic ideas – the language of what can’t be said– emerged in concert with the artistic and scientific thought of the era.
The talk was the culmination of a day of papers that spoke to natural philosophy, music, poetics and the theological in early modern thought in relation to the apophatic. The full programme can be found Here. The conference was part of the annual Thomas Browne Seminar.
See what happened when we took 'Les Canards Chantants' to Hardwick Hall to celebrate the launch of our exhibition...
The group are singing from the famous Eglantine table, which features inlaid wooden sheet music. The song, 'Lamentation' was first printed at the end of the 1562 edition of The whole booke of Psalms, translated into English verse by Thomas Sternhold and John Hopkins. According to the book's authors, psalms and devotional songs were 'very mete to be used of all sortes of people privately for their solace & comfort, laying apart all ungodly songes and ballades, which tende only to the nourishing of vyce, and corrupting of youth'. Explore more of the Virtue & Vice Exhibition at Hardwick Hall.
Simon Ditchfield's Presential Address, on the theme of 'Translating Christianity in an Age of Reformations', was recorded, and can be viewed below: