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The Portraits of Rameau: A Methodological Approach

Abstract : Within the project of Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera omnia, edited by Sylvie Bouissou at the Institut de recherche sur le patrimoine musical en France, CNRS, compiled is a catalogue of visual sources related to Rameau which includes portraits of the composer ; scenographies and costumes used in performances of his works ; and theaters where his works were performed. The corpus of his likenesses includes eleven portraits from which have been produced some derivatives ; caricatures and their variants ; apotheoses ; and posthumous hagiographies. One sees that the greatest French composer of the eighteenth century has inspired curiously few truly original portraits executed during his lifetime. A small number of compositions were largely exploited each time without great originality. The posthumous likenesses are more numerous and varied. Many transmit an allegorical image of his eminent and then controversial role in French music. But they continue, according to apologetic outlines, to be inspired by the bust by Caffieri and the medallion by Saint-Aubin.
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Florence Gétreau. The Portraits of Rameau: A Methodological Approach. Music in Art, 2011, XXXVI (no 1-2), pp.275-300. ⟨halshs-00632744⟩



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