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Dr Jacomien Prins - Archive Page for Info Only

Jacomien is a member of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and has been awarded a Global Research Fellowship at Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study (October 2012). Her IAS fellowship project, titled A well-tempered Life: Music, Health and Happiness in Renaissance Learning, analyses the hitherto unexplored conception of ‘a well-tempered life’ in the writings of a group of Renaissance scholars – from Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499 – author of the first music oriented self-help guide for scholars) to Marin Mersenne (1588-1648 – discoverer of the harmonic series who undermined Ficino’s ‘music therapy’).

Jacomien completed a Master in Musicology and Philosophy at the University of Utrecht and studied Recorder at the Constantijn Huygens Conservatory. She later specialized in historically informed performance practice at the Civica Scuola di Musica at Milan and then took a Ph.D. at the University of Utrecht (2003-2009). Prior to taking up the fellowship at the IAS she won a Rubicon grant of The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), was elected to a fellowship of Wolfson College and spent three years of research at the University of Oxford (2009-2012).


Dr Prins’s research focuses on philosophy, aesthetics of music and music theory in the Renaissance and Early Modern world. She has published the monograph Echoes of an Invisible World: Marsilio Ficino and Francesco Patrizi on Cosmic Order and Music Theory (Leiden: Brill, 2014) as well as a number of articles on Renaissance philosophy. Furthermore, she is preparing a critical edition and translation of Ficino’s Commentary on Plato’s Timaeus which will be published in the I Tatti Renaissance Library series (ITRL) (forthcoming).


Dr Prins has taught undergraduate as well as post-graduate courses in the Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University (2003-2009) and Oxford University (2009-2012). Her teaching focuses on the history of music, philosophy, aesthetics of music, and music theory. At Warwick she is involved in the undergraduate Core Module Renaissance History and Culture (CSR) and the Art History MA ‘Magic and Marvels in Renaissance Culture’ as well as in the postgraduate Warwick-Warburg programme ‘Resources and Techniques for the Study of Renaissance and Early Modern Culture’.

Conference Organisation

Conference: 'The Musical Humanism of the Renaissance and its Legacy', Warwick in Venice (Warwick's Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice), 2-4 June 2016. Conference website

Symposium: 'Hearing the Voice, Hearing the Soul'. 5th June 2015, 9.30am-6.30pm at Warwick University, Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), Millburn House, Millburn Hill Road, Coventry. Symposium website On 4 June 2015, one of the keynote speakers, Giuseppe Gerbino, hold a talk and clinic , full details here

"Music, Emotions and Well-being: historical and scientific perspectives". International Conference, 20 June 2014, Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary University of London. Conference website

Scientiae 2013: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World. 'Art and Medicine'- an IAS sponsored panel. 20th April 2013 - Arts Centre at the University of Warwick. Conference website

“Sing aloud harmonious spheres: Music, philosophy, and the order of the universe in the Renaissance” (Thursday 12 May until Sunday 15 May 2011, Venezia) Conference website

Global Collaborations

Warwick University - National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) (philosophy)

Colloquium 'History of Philosophy and Historical Explanations: Texts, Methods and Related Disciplines', National Autonomous University of Mexico, 9-10 November 2016. In collaboration with Teresa Rodriquez and Ernesto Priani. Conference website

Warwick University - University of São Paulo (USP) (musicology)

Conference 'Music and Memory'. University of São Paulo, 15-18 September 2015. Conference website

Conference 'Early Music and the Imagination'. University of São Paulo, 16-19 September 2014. Conference website


Selected Articles
  • ‘Jung’s Interpretation of Cardano’s Theories of Dreams and World Harmony’, “Renaissance Modernities”: a special issue of the I Tatti Studies (forthcoming: Fall 2017).

  • ‘Francesco Patrizi and the ‘Weakest Echo of the Harmony of the Spheres’, in: Jacomien Prins and Maude Vanhaelen (eds.), Sing Aloud Harmonious Spheres: Renaissance Conceptions of Cosmic Harmony, Abingdon: Routledge, 2017, 139-159.

  • ‘Girolamo Cardano and Julius Caesar Scaliger in Debate about Nature’s Musical Secrets’, Journal of the History of Ideas Vol.8.2, 2017, 169-189.

  • ‘Francesco Patrizi, Unrequited Love, and the Power of Music’, in: Tomáš Nejeschleba (ed.), Francesco Patrizi: Philosopher of the Renaissance, Olomouc: Palacky University Press, 2015, 232-259.

  • ‘The Music of the Pulse in Marsilio Ficino’s Timaeus commentary’, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Manfred Horstmanshoff, Helen King, and Claus Zittel (eds.), Intersections vol. 25, Leiden: Brill, 2012, 393-414.

Recent Presentations

2017 ‘Renaissance Conceptions of Sympathetic Vibration’, Music and the Cosmos conference, Cambridge, 3-4 June.

2017 ‘Girolamo Cardano and Carl Gustav Jung’ UCL lecture, University College London, 20 March.

2016 'Marsilio Ficino's Timaeus Commentary: Scientific Speculations of a Renaissance Interpreter', Seminario de Metafisica, Epistemologia e Historia de la Filosofia. Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas. UNAM, 8 November.

2016 ‘Girolamo Cardano on Music as a Remedy ‘for the Troubles that Result from the Misery of Human Misfortune’, Columbia University Seminars in Historical Musicology, 15 April.

2016 ‘Marsilio Ficino and Girolamo Cardano: Variations on The Dream of Scipio’, Columbia University Seminars in the Study of the Renaissance, 12 April.


 Jacomien Prins

This is an archive page for info only. Jacomien Prins is elected to a Herzog August Bibliothek Fellowship for 2018.
link to Jacomien's IAS profile

Conference 'The Musical Humanism of the Renaissance and its Legacy', 2-4 June 2016, Warwick in Venice
Conference recital 2

A review of the Conference 'The Musical Humanism of the Renaissance and its Legacy', Warwick in Venice, 2-4 June 2016 can be found here

A video of the first lecture recital at the Conference: 'The Musical Humanism of the Renaissance and its Legacy', Warwick in Venice, 3 June 2016 can be found here

Lecture Recital 1 - Programme

A video of the second lecture recital at the Conference: 'The Musical Humanism of the Renaissance and its Legacy', Warwick in Venice, 4 June 2016 can be found here

Lecture Recital 2 - Programme