Portrait of Violinist Jean Vidal (1789–1867) (detail), 1808. Adrien Victor Auger (French, 1787–1854). Black and gray chalk, with touches of white chalk; 75.4 x 54.1 cm (36 x 25 3/8 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund 2013.47.
  • Portrait of Violinist Jean Vidal (1789–1867) (detail), 1808. Adrien Victor Auger (French, 1787–1854). Black and gray chalk, with touches of white chalk; 75.4 x 54.1 cm (36 x 25 3/8 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund 2013.47.
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Annual Harvey Buchanan Lecture in Art History and the Humanities

Aspiring to the Condition of Music: The Sister Arts in Victorian England

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Recital Hall

The 26th Annual Harvey Buchanan Lecture in Art History and the Humanities

Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor, Yale University, Department of The History of Art, examines the relationship between art and music as it was understood by the Aesthetic Movement in late Victorian England. Turning against the mid-Victorian desire for art to tell stories and establish moral points, the Aesthetic Movement held up an ideal of formal perfection in which art was as abstract in its harmonies as a symphony or sonata. Barringer will conclude with discussion of a parody of the Aesthetic Movement: Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta "Patience," in which music itself becomes a medium for a hilarious critique of the all-too serious aims of the Aesthetic Movement.

Presented by the Case Western Reserve University Department of Art History and Art.

Free, no reservations required.