Monday, December 10, 2012

Fortuny and Wagner:Wagnerism in the visual arts in Italy opens at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice

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Lionello Balestrieri R. Wagner (1813-1883) composant L’anneau du Nibelung s.d. cartolina edita a Parigi da Lapina Collezione.

VENICE.- The Fortuny Museum presents a great exhibition to mark the bicentennial of Richard Wagner's birth (Leipzig, 1813 - Venice, 1883) in 2013. It is the result of lengthy studies on the influence that the German composer and the “Wagnerism” phenomenon had at an iconographic and aesthetic level on the visual arts in Italy from the end of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century. 
This is the very first time this theme has been studied or been the object of an exhibition. Wagnerism was a true cultural fashion that, in its diverse expressions (literary, musical, and painting) enjoyed widespread and profound diffusion. In the field of the visual arts it was one of the most typical manifestations of the aesthetic style at the turn of the eighteenth century, between late Naturalism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. The characters and vicissitudes of Wagner’s musical dramas (Valkyries, Nibe ... More

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