Watteau, Music, and Theater

Edited by Katharine Baetje; With an introduction by Pierre Rosenberg and an essay by Georgia J. Cowart

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Accompanying an exhibition in honor of Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this engaging book examines the influence of music and theater on the art of Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). Fifteen major paintings and a number of drawings by Watteau that illustrate the connections between painting and the performing arts in Paris are explored. In addition, drawings and prints by other 18th-century artists featuring musical or theatrical subjects and objects and musical instruments are included.

Katharine Baetjer is a Curator in the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of European Paintings. Pierre Rosenberg is Honorary President-Director of the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Perrin Stein is a Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints, Jeffrey Munger is Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and Jayson Dobney is an Associate Curator in the Department of Musical Instruments. Georgia J. Cowart is Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art (9/22/09 – 11/29/09)

‘Baetjer’s sumptuously beautiful book, with its well-researched text and evocative colour plates is able to touch all aspects of the artist and the theatre although she focuses her study on the early 18th Century.’

“The illusion of performance, the tragicomedy of life; the confusion between dream and reality, the impalpable boundary between them: this is Watteau’s unique territory, showcased in a volume dedicated to great, ambivalent, heartbreaking paintings.”
ISBN: 9780300155075
Publication Date: October 20, 2009
Publishing Partner: Published in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art
160 pages, 10 x 9
4 b/w + 66 color illus.
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