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Arabesque without End
Across Music and the Arts, from Faust to Shahrazad

Edited By

Anne Leonard




ISBN 9781003015949
Published October 5, 2021 by Routledge
250 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Featuring multidisciplinary research by an international team of leading scholars, this volume addresses the contested aspects of arabesque while exploring its penchant for crossing artistic and cultural boundaries to create new forms. Enthusiastically imported from its Near Eastern sources by European artists, the freely flowing line known as arabesque is a recognizable motif across the arts of painting, music, dance, and literature. From the German Romantics to the Art Nouveau artists, and from Debussy’s compositions to the serpentine choreographies of Loïe Fuller, the chapters in this volume bring together cross-disciplinary perspectives to understand the arabesque across both art historical and musicological discourses.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Arabesque Aesthetic

Anne Leonard

Chapter 1: Spatchcocking the Arabesque: Big Books, Industrial Design, and the Captivation of Islamic Art and Architecture

Margaret S. Graves

Chapter 2: Poet, Artist, Arabesque: On Peter Cornelius’s Illustrations to Goethe’s Faust

David E. Wellbery

Chapter 3: The Lithographer’s Mark and the Magic of Synchrony

Cordula Grewe

Chapter 4: The Decorative Line of the Nabis: Expressivity and Mild Subversion

Clément Dessy

Chapter 5: Ephemeral Arabesque Timbres and the Exotic Feminine

Gurminder Kaur Bhogal

Chapter 6: Arabesque in French Music after Debussy

Stephanie Venturino

Chapter 7: Drawing a Line with the Body

Juliet Bellow

Chapter 8: About An Arabesque

Jonah Bokaer

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Biography

Anne Leonard is Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture and author of The Tragic Muse: Art and Emotion, 17001900.