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The Guitar, the Musette and Meaning in the fêtes galantes of Watteau

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Author(s): John Weretka

Journal: EMAJ : Electronic Melbourne Art Journal
ISSN 1835-6656

Issue: 3;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Antoine Watteau | 18th century art | French art | Art History | Art and Music | Music History

ABSTRACT
This paper examines the depiction of the guitar and musette in the fêtes galantes of Watteau by considering the theoretical, musical and literary evidence for the reception of these instruments in Watteau’s culture. Documentary evidence suggests that the presence of the guitar and musette in the fêtes galantes may provide a tool for reading the nuances of these contested images.
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