Autoportrait Day 258~ Maria Walpurgis

A random survey of self-portraits created by women through the centuries

Princess, composer, singer, harpsichordist, painter, pastellist, poet, librettist, and patron of the arts Maria Antonia Walpurgis Symphorosa (1724-1780)

1. Self-portrait, c.1767–1772 / Oil on canvas / Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy

2. Based on a pastel self-portrait, 1764 / Engraving / British Museum, London, UK

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Classical Music Month~ September 30

Georg Adam Scheid‘s music room by Josef Maria Auchentaller

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, known as the Pastoral Symphony, inspired…Auchentaller (1865-1949) to create a monumental pictorial program in 1898/99 to adorn the music room at the villa of his father-in- law, the silver jewelry manufacturer Georg Adam Scheid. The ensemble, consisting of five paintings, represents the first artistic-pictorial realization of all movements of a Beethoven symphony and is a singular example of the tradition of music rooms, which experienced its heyday around 1900.”

Left: Dance of the Fairies / Oil on canvas / 230 × 185 cm
The Victor & Martha Thonet Collection Galerie punkt12, Vienna, Austria

Right: Fairy by the Brook / Oil on canvas / 175×73 cm
The Victor & Martha Thonet Collection Galerie punkt12, Vienna, Austria

Photo montage of the Beethoven music room in Villa Scheid, 1898/99
© Andreas Maleta, from the Victor & Martha Thonet Collection Galerie punkt12, Vienna, Austria
Photo: AMP, Andreas Maleta Press & Publication, Vienna, 2020

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Classical Music Month~ September 28

Treatise on the Veil (First Version)

1968 / Oil and chalk on canvas / 100 1/5″x295 1/4″ / Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

Treatise on the Veil (Second Version)

1970 / Oil-based house paint and wax crayon on canvas / 118 1/8″x393 5/8″ / The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas

by Cy Twombly

“Orpheus holds a central place in Twombly’s work and he comes back again and again. Orpheus made his first appearance in Twombly’s work after he heard the French musique concrete composer Pierre Henry’s cantata Le Voile d’Orphée, written in 1953. In Twombly’s work, the music was made manifest in three works: Treatise on the Veil I (1968), Veil of Orpheus (1968), and Treatise on the Veil II (1970).”

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Classical Music Month~ September 26

Symphony: Mathis der Maler by Paul Hindemith

“Symphony: Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter) is among the most famous orchestral works of German composer Paul Hindemith. Music from the symphony was incorporated into, or reworked for, Hindemith’s opera Mathis der Maler, which concerns the painter Matthias Grünewald (or Neithardt).”  ~Wikipedia

The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Matthias Grünewald

c.1512-15 / Oil on wood / A panel from the IsenHeim Altar, Musée Unterlinden, Colmar, France

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Classical Music Month~ September 23

Job: A Masque for Dancing (one act ballet) by Ralph Vaughan Williams

“The ballet is based on the Book of Job from the Hebrew Bible and was inspired by the illustrated edition by William Blake, published in 1826. Job had its world premiere on July 5, 1931, and was performed for members of the Camargo Society at the Cambridge Theatre, London. The first public performance of the ballet took place on September 22, 1931 at the Old Vic Theatre.” ~Wikipedia

When the Morning Stars Sang Together by William Blake

c.1804-7 / Pen and black ink, gray wash, and watercolor, over traces of graphite
11″x7 1/16″ / The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY

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