Article ID: CBB001320653

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Portraits, and the Physiognomy of Music History (2013)


Taking as its point of departure C. P. E. Bach's extensive, and newly reconstructed, portrait collection, this essay explores the ways in which history in the late eighteenth century was conceived at the meeting point between the portrait collector, the physiognomist, and the anecdotist. Exploring the network of ideas and cultural practices by focusing on the collecting of individual countenances and their visual and literary representations, this article argues that anecdote, annotation, physiognomical analysis, and the visual discipline of portraiture were fundamental to the late eighteenth-century conception of music history. Further, it argues that C. P. E. Bach's activity as a portrait collector may be understood as a significant music-historiographical project in its own right, one which played an important role in the work of contemporary, and later, music historians.

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Authors & Contributors
Gray, Richard T.
Metze, Gudula
Kühne, Andreas
Kirschner, Stefan
Secord, James A.
Breidbach, Olaf
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Eighteenth-Century Studies
German History
Physics in Perspective
Micrologus: Natura, Scienze e Società Medievali
Wayne State University Press
Wilhelm Fink Verlag
Columbia University Press
University of Wisconsin at Madison
University of California, Los Angeles
Science and art
Science and culture
Collectors and collecting
Visual representation; visual communication
Lavater, Johann Caspar
Helmholtz, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von
Copernicus, Nicolaus
Darwin, Charles Robert
Einstein, Albert
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century
16th century
17th century
20th century, early
United States
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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