Prints and the Courtly World of Mozart

Meridian International Center partnered with University of Richmond Museums to create Prints and the Courtly World of Mozart in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This exhibition explored the world of the composer through 35 prints of the period, including portraits of Mozart as a child prodigy and as an accomplished composer and performer. Scenes of European opera houses and salon concerts revealed the important role of music in society amidst the varying classes. Artists featured include French artists Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) and Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732 – 1806), as well as Italian artist Antonio Martini (1739-1799).

Prints and the Courtly World of Mozart was co-curated by Charles Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Art History at University of Richmond, and Richard Waller, Executive Director, University Museums. A lecture, “The Prodigy as Adult: Mozart at Court,” by Patrick Warfield, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Georgetown University, accompanied the exhibition.

Project summary

Prints and the Courtly World of Mozart | July 2006
Regions: Europe and Eurasia
Countries: Austria, France, Italy
Impact Areas: Cultural Diplomacy
Program Areas: Culture
Partners: Public Sector