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Title: Franz Liszt and the physiognomic ideal in the nineteenth century
Contributor(s): Davison, Alan  (author)
Publication Date: 2005
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Abstract: Franz Liszt's visage is one of the most frequently encountered images in nineteenth-century music iconography. The reasons for this popularity are manifold, and include the nineteenth century fascination with physical appearance, especially with that of the face. This fascination was encouraged by, and systematized within, the pseudo-sciences of physiognomy and phrenology. These belief systems provided a powerful set of visual cues within nineteenth-century European and American portraiture, with musicians forming one of several subtypes of sitter. Liszt's face was particularly appealing to portraitists of his day because of his physiognomically striking features, although he did not conform in all respects to the ideal image of the sensitive and intellectual artist, and several representations of him show "corrections" of his features according to the precepts of physiognomy and phrenology.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Music in Art: International Journal for Music Iconography, XXX [30](1-2), p. 133-144
Publisher: City University of New York
Place of Publication: New York, United States of America
ISSN: 1522-7464
Field of Research (FOR): 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 950101 Music
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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