International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts

The objective of the Study Group is to advance the research of visual sources relevant for music history, performance practice, musical life, and organology, as well as to provide a forum for cooperation among scholars of music iconography by means of international meetings and publications. The Study Group was founded by Tilman Seebass in 1985 as the Study Group for Music Iconography. Under his direction the following meetings were held:

1986, The Hague: Methods in musical iconography
1988, Orta San Giulio: North-Mediterranean folk music in the visual arts
1990, Thessaloniki: The spirit of Greek music in the visual arts of antiquity
1990, Bukhara: Music in the visual arts of Central Asia before 1700
1993, Bad Köstritz: Image and reality in the presentation of musical processions, 1660–1775
1994/95, Jerusalem & Ramat Gan: Music images and the Bible
1995, Innsbruck: Myth and reality in dance pictures
1996, Sedano (Burgos): Music and dance in pictures of popular and courtly feasts (Southern Europe, 1500–1750)
1998, Thessaloniki: Music and images of music in the Mediterranean world, 300 B.C.– 300 A.D.
2001, Bologna: L'iconografia musicale: Mito e storia

Selected papers from these conferences have appeared in volumes of Imago Musicae and Music in Art.

Program/abstracts of the past symposia are available here.



Zdravko Blažeković, chair
Research Center for Music Iconography
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309

Cristina Santarelli, vice-chair
Istituto per i beni musical in Piemonte
Via Anton Giulio Barrili 7
10134 Torino

Daniela Castaldo, secretary
Università del Salento

19th symposium: Call for papers

Images of Music in Rome: Past and Present

Università Roma Tre, Rome - Fondazione Teatro Palladium, 18–20 May 2023

18th symposium: Call for papers

Images of the Nineteenth-Century French Musical Life

Venice, Palazzetto Bru Zane, 6–7 December 2021

Symposium coorganized with

the Répertoire international de la presse musicale (RIPM)

in association with

Centre de musique romantique française, Venice

17th symposium: Call for papers

Objects and Images of Music in Public and Private Art Museums

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Centro de Estudos de Sociologia e Estética Musical (CESEM)

Lisbon – Alpiarça (Portugal), 7-9 October 2021 (new date)

16th symposium: Call for papers

Music in Popular Theater and Ritual

Centro de Investigación en artes musicales y escénicas del litoral noroeste

Universidad de la República

Salto, Uruguay, 23–26 October 2019

15th symposium

Iberian musical crossroads through the ages: Images of music-making in their transcultural exchange
Societat Catalana de Musicologia & Institut d’Estudis Catalans
Barcelona, 17–19 October 2018

14th symposium

Images of Music-Making and Its Trans-Cultural Exchanges
Xi’an Conservatory of Music (西安音乐学)
Xi’an, 27–31 October 2016


13th symposium

Decoration of Performance Space: Meaning and Ideology

Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice

12th symposium: Program

Neoclassical Reverberations of Discovering Antiquity

Istituto per i beni musicali in Piemonte, Torino

12th symposium: Call for papers

Neoclassical Reverberations of Discovering Antiquity 

Archivio di Stato di Torino

11th Symposium: Program

Images of Music-Making and Cultural Exchange
between the East and the West

China Conservatory of Music / 中国音乐学院, Beijing