A Symphony (1852). Moritz von Schwind (Austrian, 1804-1871). Oil on canvas. Neue Pinakothek, Munich.
Schwind “composed” A Symphony in oils and said that the individual zones of his painting, into which he wove a love story, correspond to the four movements of Beethoven’s Fantasia in C for Piano, Orchestra and Choir. At the bottom we see a chamber music rehearsal (Introduction), in which one of the young listeners falls in love with the singer; later they meet in a wood (Andante); above this again we see the young man declaring his feelings at a ball (Adagio); and finally, in the little castle, the happy husband and his bride are setting off for their honeymoon in the stronghold of bliss (Rondo).