Monday, 8 April, 17h
IRH-ICUB, Dimitrie Brândza 1
Echoes of Ancient Greek and Roman Music in Victorian Painting: Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Frederich Leighton
Daniela Castaldo – University of Salento (Lecce-Italy)
Subjects inspired by Greco-Roman Antiquity are among the most frequently represented in British Victorian painting. Among these, musical themes and characters offer an illuminating case-study for the reception of the ancient world in the 19th century, at the crossroads of classical tradition and new archaeological discoveries. Prof. Daniela Castaldo’s lecture will explore the musical imagery inspired by the ancient world in the paintings of Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) and Frederic Leighton (1830-1896). A closer look at their visual sources, meaning and symbolism makes possible to better understand the ‘modern’ interpretations of ancient music given by these Victorian artists.