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The seventeenth centaury is one of the most widely studied periods in the arts. Music, drama, architecture, and the visual arts flourished around Europe. In Italy especially, the seventeenth century was a time of innovation and flourishing of the arts, thanks to patronage of the papacy in Rome, powerful families funding the arts in cities such as Florence, and increased economic activity in cities such as Venice. Music and the visual arts in particular flourished during this period: from seventeenth century Italy emerged the genre of opera, the sculptures of Bernini, and countless other timeless works of art. Though scholarship and research are widely available on both art and music during this time, little work has been done exploring the connections between the two disciplines. This thesis examines connections between the visual arts and music in the artistic centers of Italy in the seventeenth century, specifically art and music coming out of Rome, Florence, and Venice. By examining opera scenery, costuming, and special effects, antique sources of the musical and visual, and the intended internal effect on the audience through the artistic output during this period, this thesis explores concrete connections between music and the visual arts by looking at their shared attributes and places of intersection.

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Virginia Lamothe

Document Type

Honors Thesis