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Prints and the Courtly World of Mozart

January 28 to April 29, 2006

Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center


In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Austrian, 1756-1791), the exhibition explores the courtly world of the composer through prints of the period - from images of concerts and performances, to portraits of the composer, to scenes that capture the costumes and social mores of the day.

Selected from the collection of the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, University of Richmond Museums, artists include Johann Wolfgang Baumgartner (German, 1712-1761), François Boucher (French, 1703-1770), Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732-1806), and Jean-Antoine Watteau (French, 1684-1721), among others. The prints offer us a glimpse into the eighteenth-century aristocratic society that was Mozart's milieu.

Organized by the University of Richmond Museums, the exhibition was co-curated by Charles Johnson, Professor of Art History, Emeritus, Department of Art and Art History, and Senior Fellow, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, and Richard Waller, Executive Director, University Museums. The celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth is presented in collaboration with the Department of Music and the Modlin Center for the Arts, and the exhibition is made possible in part with the generous support of the University's Cultural Affairs Committee.

Happy Birthday, Wolfgang!

Richard Waller
Executive Director
University of Richmond Museums

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Richmond, VA


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Prints and the Courtly World of Mozart