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This gallery offers a selection of works of visual art representing the guitar, selected from famous masterpieces and little known works, to sketch a visual path of the guitar in Italy during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The project means to deepen the musical world of this period through a research about the iconography, a valuable source of information on aspects such as sociability of music, the aesthetics of a period, the organology.

The works in the gallery, executed by Italian artists and foreign artists, are collected using three trends of research: of Italian artists attesting the evolution of the representation of the guitar in Italy in different historical moments;

2. portraits of Italian guitarists;

3. works of foreign artists representing Italian personalities associated with this instrumental context.

Following a chronological order, for each work are specified the author, the title, the date, the artistical techniques, the size of the work and the current location, with the aim of bringing unfamiliar or difficult to find works to the attention of researchers. For the iconographic documents produced through reproduction in print, such as lithography, woodcut, etching, etc., are indicated in sequence, the author of the drawing, the title, the date, the author and the technique of the printing, the size of the work and the current location.

The research, which remains open to suggestions and additions, focuses on works held in museums, galleries, libraries, public and private archives and collections in order to highlight, from a different point of view, the Italian guitar context through the artistic and cultural contribution of the iconographic heritage.



Carla Costa


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The captions of the images are an indication of the collection (public or private) to which they belong. The editors of this iconographic research, are available to those who have rights, for the specification of data files, or to remove them.