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Guide for students studying Musicology at the University of Melbourne.

Music Iconography

Musical iconography is concerned with the depiction of music in the visual arts. It is a discipline in its own right, covering the illustration of musicians, instruments, and music-making, and the use of musical imagery.

See for example

Tilman Seebass"Iconography." Grove Music OnlineOxford Music OnlineOxford University Press.

Databases & Journals

A major online resource for musical iconography. It is a database with links to examples of musical iconography. Fully searchable across key fields: titles, artists, people as subjects, subject keywords, instruments, schools, and locations.


The University of Melbourne Library Catalogue uses the following subject headings: 

Note some titles are located in the Baillieu Library, eg  Picturing performance : the iconography of the performing arts in concept and practice.