St John's Hall

Flights of Imagination and Desire: Love, Death, Art and Money in 19th-Century Bavaria with Robin Lenman


The world premiere of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in Munich in 1865, one of the 19th century’s great cultural events, was the culmination of a lavish history of dynastic patronage begun by Ludwig I. However, perceptive visitors like George Eliot noted new arguments were raging about how culture should be funded; by monarchs, the taxpayer or the rapidly expanding private market? Robin will enlighten us.