This chapter from The Imaginal Cosmos (2007) takes as its starting point a small painting attributed to Giorgione, named ‘The Astrologer’ (Phillips Collection, Washington DC). It depicts a musician next to an old man with an hourglass in the landscape, with a setting sun. I take this to be iconic of Marsilio Ficino’s astrological music therapy, and I explore the connection between music and astrology in Ficino’s De vita coelitus comparanda (‘How to fit your life to the Heavens’).

 

Voss, A. 'Father Time and Orpheus'