Music and Figurative Arts in the Nineteenth Century

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Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca)

Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto
16-18 November 2018

Call for Papers

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca is pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Music and Figurative Arts in the Nineteenth Century», to be held in Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, from Friday 16 until Sunday 18 November 2018.
In 1795 Friedrich Schiller wrote: «In its most elevated perfection, the plastic art ought to become music and move us by the immediate action exercised on the mind by the senses» (Schiller, Letters on the Aesthetical Educaiton of Men, Letter N. XXII, 1795). This sentence underlines the fundamental aesthetic change that coincided with the onset of the nineteenth century. According to ut musica pictura, music becomes the model for an art able to express and communicate feelings. As music no longer has to embody  order, so painting moves away from pure imitation to encompass emotional effect. Music and painting converge in embodying a sensual conception of the arts: music is capable of expressing emotions and arousing them in the audience; painting can do the same through visual perception. The present conference aims to explore this multifaceted relationship between music and figurative arts in the nineteenth century. The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:

  • The Relationship Between Composers and Artists, Painters and Sculptors;
  • The Concurrence of Musical and Artistic Aesthetics in the Nineteenth Century;
  • Tradition and Restoration in the Course Of The Century;
  • Virtuosity and Interpretation;
  • Nationalism and Universality;
  • Absolute Music;
  • The Pictorial Basis of the Symphonic Poem;
  • Music Pictorialism in Paintings;
  • Opera and Paintings;
  • Scenography and Theatrical Art;
  • Wagner and the Visual Arts;
  • Realism and the Turn of the Twentieth Century;
  • Colour, Music and Symbolist Movements;
  • Published Title Pages as an Artistic Phenomenon;
  • Exoticism and Folklorism.

Programme Committee:
Jordi Ballester Gibert (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)
Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
Peter L. Schmunk (Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC)

Keynote Speaker:
Peter L. Schmunk (Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC)
Jordi Ballester Gibert (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

The official languages of the conference are English, French and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.  Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography. All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 06 May 2018*** to <>. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation. The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of May 2018, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date.

For any additional information, please contact: Dr. Massimiliano Sala