Painting the Cannon's Roar: Music,the Visual Arts and the Rise of an Attentive Public in the Age of Haydn

Painting the Cannon's Roar: Music,the Visual Arts and the Rise of an Attentive Public in the Age of Haydn

by Thomas Tolley
     
 

"From c.1750 to c.1810 the paths of music history and the history of painting converged with lasting consequences. The publication of Newton's Opticks at the start of the eighteenth century gave a 'scientific' basis to the analogy between sight and sound, allowing music and the visual arts to be defined more closely in relation to one another. This was also a period… See more details below

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"From c.1750 to c.1810 the paths of music history and the history of painting converged with lasting consequences. The publication of Newton's Opticks at the start of the eighteenth century gave a 'scientific' basis to the analogy between sight and sound, allowing music and the visual arts to be defined more closely in relation to one another. This was also a period which witnessed the emergence of a large and increasingly receptive audience for both music and the visual arts - an audience which potentially included all social strata. The development of this growing public and the commercial potential that it signified meant that for the first time it became possible for a contemporary artist to enjoy an international reputation. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the career of Joseph Haydn." Although this phenomenon defies conventional modes of study, the book shows how musical pictorialism became a major creative force in popular culture. Haydn, the most popular living cultural personality of the period, proved to be the key figure in advancing the new relationship. The connections between the composer and his audiences and leading contemporary artists (including Tiepolo, Mengs, Kauffman, Goya, David, Messerschmidt, Loutherbourg, Canova, Copley, Fuseli, Reynolds, Gillray and West) are examined here for the first time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754603931
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Pages:
526
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.69(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Abbreviations
IIntroduction: Painting and Music at the Crossroads1
1The Middle Ages and Renaissance1
2Newton's Opticks7
3Harmony for Ear and Eye9
4The Crossroads13
IIPopularity, Music and the Visual Arts20
1An International Language20
2Musical Biography: Carpani Exploding the Cannon33
3Vox Populi50
IIISteps to Parnassus79
1'How eye and ear are entranced': Haydn and Esterhazy Patronage79
2Artaria & Compagnie: Dealers in Prints and Music95
3Haydn and Goya97
IVTalking Pictures and Moving Images: The Discourse on the Visual Arts in Eighteenth-Century Opera124
1Sacrificing Iphigenia: Algarotti, Tiepolo and Vanloo125
2Gluck and the Visual Arts133
3Painting the Cannon's Roar150
VMusical Icons and the Cult of Haydn162
1A Public Image162
2Updating the Image166
3The Reluctant Sitter169
4Age and Youth176
5The Cult of Haydn179
6Physiognomy, Phrenology and Frankenstein194
7Hero201
VIDeveloping Tastes: The Culture of Looking in England in the Early 1790s207
1A Visual Education: Haydn as Collector207
2A Popular Collection229
3Looking and Listening in London242
VII'Picture after picture': The Creation and The Seasons258
1Creating Waves258
2'Pictures for the ear'269
3Motion and the Dynamics of Light277
4Observing Nature285
5Moving Pictures292
VIII'Last Judgement'305
1Evolutionary Ends305
2Still Courting Popularity314
3Beyond the Crossroads322
AppHaydn's Collection324
Notes328
Bibliography431
Index473

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