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A collection of artworks inspired by music and musical people.

Saraceni: Saint Cecilia and the Angel

Saint Cecilia and the Angel (1610). Carlo Saraceni (Italian, 1579-1620). Oil on canvas. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Rome. The 22nd of November is the day of Saint Cecilia, who is the patron of the musicians and worshiped since the 5th century. In 1610 Carlo Saraceni gave her his full attention to create this beautiful picture. The most distinctive element is the extraordinarily inventive composition, dominated by the enormous wings of the angel and by the diagonal of the bass viol. Cecilia is tuning her lute with a delicate movement, according to the instructions of an angel next to her. Her devoted attention indicates that her skill in the handling of instruments is derived from God. On the ground lie two wind instruments, opened sheet music, and a violin.

Die Musik. Gustav Klimt. 1895.

Die Musik (1895), Gustav Klimt. Öl auf Leinwand, 37 × 44,5 cm. München, Neue Pinakothek. Klimt (1862-1918) created this painting already in 1895 on order of the University of Vienna. At his time, his novel picture language was taunted at by the critics. Today this picture is counted as one of the most ground-breaking pieces of Modern Art.

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Dorothea Tanning, 1943, Photo: Tate, London [2014]

'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' was made while Tanning was staying with her companion, the artist Max Ernst, in Sedona, Arizona. In her memoir, 'Birthday', Tanning recalls how Mozart was a favourite topic of conversation at that time, and 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' is titled after one of his most well-known serenades. By the door of the ranch Tanning planted some sunflower seeds and she became fascinated with these plants. She saw the sunflower in 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' as a symbol of all the things that youth has to face and to deal with, and has said that it represented the ‘never-ending battle we wage with unknown forces, the forces that were there before our civilisation’. The apparent intervention of unexplained or supernatural forces in 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' recalls characteristics of the Gothic novels that Tanning read in her youth, and which were admired by many of the artists and writers of the surrealist group with whom she associated in the 1940s and beyond. Listen to Mozart's piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZWKUszkbXU
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Saraceni: Saint Cecilia and the Angel

Saint Cecilia and the Angel (1610). Carlo Saraceni (Italian, 1579-1620). Oil on canvas. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Rome. The 22nd of November is the day of Saint Cecilia, who is the patron of the musicians and worshiped since the 5th century. In 1610 Carlo Saraceni gave her his full attention to create this beautiful picture. The most distinctive element is the extraordinarily inventive composition, dominated by the enormous wings of the angel and by the diagonal of the bass viol. Cecilia is tuning her lute with a delicate movement, according to the instructions of an angel next to her. Her devoted attention indicates that her skill in the handling of instruments is derived from God. On the ground lie two wind instruments, opened sheet music, and a violin.

Die Musik. Gustav Klimt. 1895.

Die Musik (1895), Gustav Klimt. Öl auf Leinwand, 37 × 44,5 cm. München, Neue Pinakothek. Klimt (1862-1918) created this painting already in 1895 on order of the University of Vienna. At his time, his novel picture language was taunted at by the critics. Today this picture is counted as one of the most ground-breaking pieces of Modern Art.

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Dorothea Tanning, 1943, Photo: Tate, London [2014]

'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' was made while Tanning was staying with her companion, the artist Max Ernst, in Sedona, Arizona. In her memoir, 'Birthday', Tanning recalls how Mozart was a favourite topic of conversation at that time, and 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' is titled after one of his most well-known serenades. By the door of the ranch Tanning planted some sunflower seeds and she became fascinated with these plants. She saw the sunflower in 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' as a symbol of all the things that youth has to face and to deal with, and has said that it represented the ‘never-ending battle we wage with unknown forces, the forces that were there before our civilisation’. The apparent intervention of unexplained or supernatural forces in 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' recalls characteristics of the Gothic novels that Tanning read in her youth, and which were admired by many of the artists and writers of the surrealist group with whom she associated in the 1940s and beyond. Listen to Mozart's piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZWKUszkbXU

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