Art and Music in Venice

From the Renaissance to Baroque

Edited by Hilliard T. Goldfarb

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December 10, 2013
240 pages, 9 1/2 x 14
200 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300197921
HC - Paper over Board

Distributed for Editions Hazan, Paris

Artistic and musical creativity thrived in the Venetian Republic between the early 16th century and the close of the 18th century. The city-state was known for its superb operas and splendid balls, and the acoustics of the architecture led to complex polyphony in musical composition. Accordingly, notable composers, including Antonio Vivaldi and Adrian Willaert, developed styles that were distinct from those of other Italian cultures. The Venetian music scene, in turn, influenced visual artists, inspiring paintings by artists such as Jacopo Bassano, Canaletto, Francesco Guardi, Pietro Longhi, Bernardo Strozzi, Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo, Tintoretto, and Titian. Together, art and music served larger aims, whether social, ceremonial, or even political. Lavishly illustrated, Art and Music in Venice brings Venice’s golden age to life through stunning images of paintings, drawings, prints, manuscripts, textbooks, illuminated choir books, musical scores and instruments, and period costumes. New scholarship into these objects by a team of distinguished experts gives a fresh perspective on the cultural life and creative output of the era.

Hilliard T. Goldfarb is associate chief curator and curator of Old Masters at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.


EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
(10/12/13–01/19/14)


Portland Art Museum
(03/07/14–06/18/14)

Art and Music in Venice edited by Hilliard T Goldfarb, bursts with colour and information on every page, including lavish reproductions of paintings from Tiepolo, Canaletto and Tintoretto among others. It moves in all kinds of ways which never fail to catch the imagination of the reader.”—Richard Edmonds, Birmingham Post

‘In its weight lies its sumptuousness. It is a satisfyingly resplendent coffee-table book. . .The catalogue is a great tribute to the exhibition, and to the history, music, and art inherent to the city of Venice, in which the buildings on either side of the canal seem to sing to each other like the two sides of a choir across a nave, under a Tiepoloed ceiling.’—Oliver Soden, The Art Newspaper