Arcangelo Corelli

Carlo Marattacirca 1700

Royal College of Music

Royal College of Music

The first composer to build his reputation solely on the basis of instrumental works, to achieve fame through the music publishing industry, and to be canonised and studied long after the style of his time became outmoded, Arcangelo Corelli (1653–1713) was a violinist, influential teacher and concertmaster. He was also a friend of the artist Carlo Maratta (1625–1713), who painted a portrait of Corelli which it is thought was brought to England in the late seventeenth century by Corelli's gentleman-student Lord Edgcumbe. The Edgcumbe portrait is known to have been exhibited as late as 1938 but is thought to have been destroyed during the Second World War. The Royal College of Music's (RCM) version has been attributed to Hugh Howard (1675–1737), who produced many portraits of Corelli, including a chalk drawing in the RCM collection. It is unclear whether these were based on studies made in the presence of Corelli, or were entirely based on Maratta's work.

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  • Title: Arcangelo Corelli
  • Creator: Carlo Maratta (after)
  • Date Created: circa 1700
  • Provenance: Purchased, before 1952
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas