Lashed to the mast of his ship, could Odysseus see the Sirens as well as hear them? And was the sight of their music making as enticing as the sound of it? Clément Marot, in an epigram titled ‘D’Anne,’ characterizes female musical performance as an activity that brings visual, along with auditory, pleasure to the spectator:
Lors que je voy en ordre la Brunette,
Jeune, en bon poinct, de la ligne des Dieux,
Et que sa voix, ses doigtz, et l’Espinette
Meinent ung bruyct doulx, et melodieux,
J’ay du plaisir et d’oreilles, et d’yeulx.¹
Marot’s choice of spinet playing as...