Oil painting of Arcangelo Corelli
Date: 18th century
Artist: Hugh Howard (1675-1737)
Accession number: FMI.6
Online record: http://bit.do/corelli
Location: Reception area
Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) was, although not the most prolific, one of the most influential composers of the baroque period. He never married and lived for the last 30 years of his life with the violinist Matteo Fornari, to whom he was “devoted” and “rarely to be absent from his side”. As well as his 50 sonatas, which were used as models by many 18th century composers, Corelli was a pioneer of the concerto grosso, a baroque form in which the performance is shared between the orchestra and a small group of soloists. His 12 concerti, which inspired works by Locatelli, Vivaldi and Handel, among others, have survived because of his partner Fornari’s efforts to have them published after Corelli’s death in 1713, at the age of 59. He died wealthy; his only indulgence had been collecting art and violins - these, along with his manuscripts, were all bequeathed to Matteo Fornari.
 Haggerty, G.E. (ed.). 2000. Gay Histories and Cultures. Garland Publishing: New York, p.215.