This was the first multi-disciplinary study of the dissemination of Italian culture in northern Europe during the long eighteenth century (1689-1815). The book covers a diverse range of artists, actors and musicians who left Italy during the eighteenth century to seek work beyond the Alps in locations such as London, St Petersburg, Dresden, Stockholm and Vienna. First published in 1999, the book investigates the careers of important artists such as Amigoni, Canaletto and Rosalba Carriera, as well as opera singers, commedia dell'arte performers and librettists. However, it also considers key themes such as social and friendship networks, itinerancy, the relationships between court and market cultures, the importance of religion and politics to the reception of culture, the evolution of taste, the role of gender in the reception of art, the diversity of modes and genres, and the reception of Italian artists and performers outside Italy.
1. Introduction: visual culture, performance culture and the Italian diaspora in the long eighteenth century Shearer West; 2. Friends serving itinerant muses: Jacopo Amigoni and Farinelli in Europe Leslie Griffin Hennessey; 3. Gender and internationalism: the case of Rosalba Carriera Shearer West; 4. '[T]hose loose and immodest pieces ...': Italian art and the British point of view Nigel Llewellyn; 5. Venice on the Thames: Venetian vedutisti and the London view in the eighteenth century John Eglin; 6. Xenophobia and xenomania: Italians and the English Royal Academy Shearer West; 7. Metastasio and the image of majesty in the Austro-Italian baroque Don Neville; 8. Italian opera singers on a European market John Rosselli; 9. The Theatre Italien in France Robert Kenny; 10. Gustaf III and Italian culture Neil Kent.