Visual Artwork by Felix Mendelssohn

Amalfi, Italia; watercolor by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, 1836

Mendelssohn's artistic imagination was by no means limited to the world of music; from an early age he expressed his ideas in drawings, watercolors, and even oil paintings that reflect a remarkable level of accomplishment and expertise.  In particular, his sense of visual structure was compelling, and his proclivity for gracefully nuanced renderings of line and details compares favorably with that of most artists of his time. 

The Mendelssohn Project will, for the first time, bring together these two vital expressions of Mendelssohn's artistic imagination in several ways.

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