Schubertโ€™s portrait ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย  Portrait by Anton Depauly of Franz Schubert in 1827, currently exhibited at Friends of Music in Vienna. Despite a short life, he died at 30 years of age, Schubert left a remarkable collection of compositions, mainly for piano and voice and chamber music. Child prodigy in learning to play the piano and the violin following lessons by his father and brother, soon he excelled … Continue reading Schubertโ€™s portrait ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต

Alexander the Great ๐Ÿ—ฟ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ“š

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย Marble head of Alexander the Great at the British Museum – One of the many marble portraits of Alexander the Great used by the legendary conqueror and his followers, during and after his reign, to disseminate and immortalise the image of a young and powerful leader, many times liked to deity. Recently,ย I read with keen interest a novel by Mary Renault about Alexander, The Persian … Continue reading Alexander the Great ๐Ÿ—ฟ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ“š

Debussy’s portrait ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

In 1884 a young Claude Debussy won the prestigious composition prize Prix de Rome, which entailed a residence programme at Villa Medici in Rome, where this portrait was painted and is currently exhibited. ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ปโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ท๐ŸŽจ   ย  My favourite composers ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ Music ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ Continue reading Debussy’s portrait ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

My favourite composers ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ

Frรฉdรฉrick Chopin There are many composers I like best, among them Mozart, Vivaldi and Debussy, but Chopin is by far the composer I feel closer to, for musical sensibility and artistic expression. I loved studying and playing his compositions and I enjoy listening to my collection of his creations interpreted by many great pianists, from Martha Argerich to Arthurย Rubinstein, from Maurizio Pollini to Ivo Pogorelich. … Continue reading My favourite composers ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ

Mozartโ€™s Portrait ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽต

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Particular of a Mozart family portrait with a young Wolfgang Amadeus playing the piano with his sister. This portrait by Johan Nepomuk della Croce is one of the few actually realised during Mozart’s life and may portray a realistic resemblance of Wolfgang as a young man in his early 20s in 1780. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Particolare di un ritratto di famiglia di Mozart con un giovane Wolfgang Amadeus … Continue reading Mozartโ€™s Portrait ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽต

Jeanne by Modigliani ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ–ผ

Portrait of Jeanne Hรฉbuterne, oil paiinting by Amedeo Modigliani, 1918, Tate Modern. Portrait of one of Modigliani’s favourite models and partner, an art student in Paris in the period immediately around the end of WWi. This portrait was probably painted in Paris, while Jeanne was pregnant with her daughter by Amedeo, born in November 2018.ย  ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ปโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ท๐ŸŽจ Tate Modern Paintings of 1๏ธโƒฃ9๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃs Visual Art ๐Ÿ–ผ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ—ฟ Continue reading Jeanne by Modigliani ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ–ผ

Vivaldiโ€™s Portrait ๐Ÿ–ผ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

An anonymous portrait mostly associated with Antonio Vivaldi, the Red Priest, here depicted wearing scarlet red clothes. In reality his nickname was most probably due to the colour of his hair, a characteristic family trait.ย  ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ปโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ท๐ŸŽจ Originally posted on my Instagram blog Composers ๐ŸŽน๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽถ ย  Music Continue reading Vivaldiโ€™s Portrait ๐Ÿ–ผ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Chopinโ€™s portrait ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Draft portrait of Frederick Chopin by Delacroix – This painting was originally part of a double portrait featuring also his lover George Sand. Now the two portraits are separated and in different locations, one in Paris, at the Louvre, and the other one in Copenhagen.   ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Bozza di ritratto di Frederick Chopin di Delacroix – Questo dipinto era originariamente parte di un doppio … Continue reading Chopinโ€™s portrait ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน