Watteau, Music, and Theater: A Musical Demonstration by Robert Mealy and Friends

The exhibition Watteau, Music and Theater, presented in honor of Director Emeritus Philippe de Montebello, explores the place of music and theater in the work of the great early eighteenth-century French painter and draftsman Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). The works compare the imagery of power associated with the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV, with a more optimistic and mildly subversive imagery of pleasure developed in contemporary opera-ballet and theater.

Robert Mealy and Friends demonstrate the music, opera, and dance that was enjoyed in Watteau's Paris, using some of the Met's own historical instruments.

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