Book Series Speculum musicae, vol. 39

Music and the Figurative Arts in the Nineteenth Century

Roberto Illiano (ed)

  • Pages: xiv + 527 p.
  • Size:210 x 270 mm
  • Illustrations:0 b/w, 20 col., 10 musical examples
  • Language(s):English, Italian, French
  • Publication Year:2020

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58951-0
  • Hardback
  • Available

This book explores the relationship between music and the figurative arts in the XIX century.


ROBERTO ILLIANO is General Secretary of the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca) and President of the Italian National Edition of Muzio Clementi’s Complete Works. He is also a member of the scholarly committee of the Italian National Edition of Luigi Boccherini’s Complete Works. A founder of the journal «Ad Parnassum», he has published a variety of writings on 19th- and 20th-century music, in particular on Luigi Dallapiccola and Italian music under Italian fascism.


In 1795 Friedrich Schiller wrote: «Die bildende Kunst in ihrer höchsten Vollendung muss Musik werden und uns durch unmittelbare sinnliche Gegenwart rühren» (Schiller, Über die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen, Letter XXII, 1795). This sentence underlines the fundamental aesthetic change that coincided at the onset of the nineteenth century. According to «ut musica pictura», music becomes the model for an art able to express and communicate feelings. Even as music no longer necessarily has to embody order, so does painting move away from pure imitation to encompass emotional affect. Music and painting thus converge in embodying a sensual conception of the arts: music is capable of expressing emotions and arousing them in the audience; painting can do the same through visual perception. The present volume, which brings together 21 essays, focuses on encounters between composers and painters, but also on the relationship between music, literature and the figurative arts, as well as on the concurrence of musical and artistic aesthetics. Sections of the book are devoted to iconography, to the relationship with the theatrical arts (in particular the scenic aspect) and in one instance, to Franz Liszt.


Roberto Illiano

The Concurrence of Musical and Artistic Aesthetics

Peter L. Schmunk
Idea(l)s of Music in the Art of Van Gogh and His Contemporaries
James Garratt
Beyond Beauty: The Aesthetics of Ugliness in German Musical and Artistic Debates of the Mid-19th Century
Mara Lacchè
Berlioz e Delacroix: il faustismo romantico tra musica e arti figurative

Music, Art and Representation

Benedetta Saglietti
Beethoven as a Late Nineteenth-Century Pivotal Figure in the Italian Visual Arts
Florence Gétreau
Images des cirques parisiens comme lieu de concerts dans la seconde moitié du xixe siècle: exprimer le gigantisme,
la prolifération et le vertige par la miniaturisation dans la presse illustrée et la stylisation dans la peinture d’avant-garde
Tiziana Palandrani
«Like Water»: l’immagine di Fryderyk Chopin nella natura

Scenography and Theatrical Art

Olga Jesurum

Da Hayez a Verdi. Musica e arti figurative nella scenografia italiana della prima metà dell’Ottocento: il caso dei Due Foscari
Biancamaria Brumana
I costumi di Charles Bianchini per il Tannhäuser di Wagner (Parigi, 1895)
Daniela Tortora
Puccini e la poetica degli stati d’animo: la svolta ‘futurista’ del Trittico

Encounters between Composers and Painters

Alban Ramaut

Pierre Narcisse de Guérin inspirateur du ‘Quintette’ des Troyens
Paola Maurizi
Fanny Mendelssohn Bartholdy e Wilhelm Hensel. Una ricerca del Gesamtkunstwerk
Mariacarla De Giorgi
Imagery of Italy Set to Music: Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s Reise-Album 1839-1840 291
Valeriya Zharkova
Tableaux d’une Exposition de Modeste Moussorgski: les paramètres universels de la sonorité des voix d’images pittoresques de Victor Hartmann

Liszt and the Figurative Arts

Imre Kovács
À la Chapelle Sixtine: On the Cultural Context of Liszt’s Synesthetic Experience
Maria Teresa Arfini
L’approccio di Liszt alle arti figurative
Mariateresa Storino
Le Triomphe de la mort: il Totentanz di Liszt come espressione dell’unità delle arti
Małgorzata Grajter
Translating Words into Music: Elements of Pictorialness in the Song Transcriptions of Franz Liszt

Music, Literature and the Figurative Arts

Cristina Santarelli

Disiecta membra, or To Die of Poetry: Moreau, Baudelaire and the Head of Orpheus
Mª Isabel Cabrera García
La Rencontre entre la musique et les arts plastiques dans les revues à la fin du xixe siècle en Espagne
Marita Fornaro Bordolli
Aboriginals and Gauchos: The Ties between Music, Literature and Figurative Arts in 19th-Century Uruguay
Jordi Ballester
Musical Echoes, Feelings and Emotions: Total Artwork Ideals in Late 19th-Century Paintings and Writings by Santiago Rusiñol (1861-1931)

Abstracts and Biographies
Index of Names