Accompanying an exhibition in honor of Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, this engaging book examines the influence of music and theater on the art of Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). Fifteen major paintings and a number of drawings by Watteau that illustrate the connections between painting and the performing arts in Paris are explored. In addition, drawings and prints by other 18th-century artists featuring musical or theatrical subjects and objects and musical instruments are included.
Katharine Baetjer is a Curator in the Metropolitan Museum's Department of European Paintings. Pierre Rosenberg is Honorary President-Director of the Musee du Louvre, Paris. Perrin Stein is a Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints, Jeffrey Munger is Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and Jayson Dobney is an Associate Curator in the Department of Musical Instruments. Georgia J. Cowart is Professor of Music at Case Western Reserve University.