"The modern man has lost it's ability
to combine factual knowledge in
e.g. mathematics with an intuitive
sensibility of the basic connections
like Pythagoras did (..)"
The rise of Italian humanism in the Renaissance provided a more scientific base on how we see the world. It was not until the discovery of the central perspective and Leonardo Da Vinci that the art of painting got a higher rank and was looked upon as a mathematic construct. Music on the other hand had been considered celestial and looked upon as the superior art form since antiquity.