|The Music Lesson David Sani|
David Sani's image above gives us one possible reason. Often in images of people making music, it acts as a metaphor for their love. The couple above perform a duet, when they can express their love through a lovely song, and still remain decent. As Elvis once said, Music is the food of love. Especially when dipped in chocolate.
|The Singing Lesson Arturo Ricci|
|Fair is my Love (1900) Edwin Abbey|
|The End of the Song (1902) Edmund Blair Leighton|
|The Duet Frank Dicksee|
|Musica (Melody) (c.1895) Kate Bunce|
There is something about a girl with a lute... The beauty of her tune must be equal to the depth and richness of her clothes and that gorgeous mirror behind her. I always thought she had slightly curious eyes, but maybe she is just desperately trying to remember the tune. Often women playing music are shown as slightly solemn, possibly even blank in expression. It's as if all the life, the passion in them is being channelled through their fingers onto the strings. I do love lute music...
|Odalisque with a Lute (1876) Hippolyte Berteaux|
|'Thy Voice is like to Music heard ere Birth...' (1902) Sigismund Goetze|
The Pre-Raphaelites, and particularly Rossetti, loved a musical picture (as did my Nan, who had a picture frame that played 'Somewhere My Love' from Dr Zhivago) and I think the notion of hearing the music through colour plays out very expressively in the work of Rossetti. Take La Ghirlandata...
|La Ghirlandata (1871-74) Dante Gabriel Rossetti|
|The Bower Meadow (1872) Dante Gabriel Rossetti|
|How the Devil, Disguised (1907) Frank Cadogan Cowper|
|Dog Playing the Piano (1888) James Carrington|