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Ever since antiquity, philosophers have pointed to the supposed ‘divine’ character of music, and following Pythagoras’s discovery of the mathematical basis of the musical scale, have posited a link between the mathematical order of music, the physical order of the universe and the moral order of human society. Both practicing artists and moralists came to believe that, by demonstrating an analogy with music, they could claim a dignity and value for their art – whether painting, architecture or sculpture – that it might otherwise lack. Why was this so? What was the point of such analogies? What advantages was music believed to enjoy, by comparison with the visual arts? In this book, the author examines the relationship between music and the visual arts – looking at how that relationship was conceived at various times by practicing artists and musicians, and critics and theorists of art. Peter Vergo investigates this fascinating, but previously neglected, topic bringing the subject to life. The result is a compelling exploration of ideas that reveals how deeply musical principles influenced the theory and criticism of the visual arts. ‘That divine order’ will be of interest to art historians and musicologists, to practicing artists and musicians, to students of cultural history and those concerned with aesthetic theory and interdisciplinary studies.