G. P. Pannini, Interior of the Teatro Argentina in Rome, 1747 (Paris, Louvre)


Despite their long exile in France and Italy, the Stuarts – ousted from Britian in 1688 – remained leading patrons of the arts, particularly music. Both James II and his son James III made music an important part of court ceremonial: James II and his entourage played a major role in introducing a taste for Italian music to the French court, while James III and his musically talented sons were among the leading patrons of opera in Rome.

To coincide with Kings over the Water, an exhibition of Jacobite glassware at the National Gallery of Victoria, Matthew Martin (the NGV’s Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts) joins Mark Shepheard on 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne to discuss the music of the Stuart court in exile, featuring works by Innocenzo Fede, François Couperin, Vivaldi, Handel, Leonardo Leo and others.

The Early Music Experience:
Thursday 10th & Thursday 17th October, 7pm, 3MBS 103.5 FM (repeated Sunday 13th & 20th October, 6am, 3MBS Digital & online).