A lot of art from the 18th century seems to celebrate the wonderful state of European civilisation, like this painting of the Darsena at Naples by Caspar Adriaansz van Wittel:
(My photo was better, but it just would not load.) Paintings like that, large scale, don't translate well to small photos on the web. But trust me it is quite splendid in person. The interesting thing is that these kind of landscapes seem to undergo a kind of psychotic break in the 20th century. This is "Metropolis" by George Grosz from 1916/17:
Not surprising, given what was happening in those years. But it is hard not to look at this and other cityscapes painted in the 20th century and not see them as suicide notes from European civilization.
Let's end with another lutenist. This is a portrait of Count Fulvio Grati, who seems to have enjoyed his music, by Giuseppi Maria Crespi from the first half of the 18th century. Note the scores stuffed in the case:
Some music suitable for him might be a suite for lute by Sylvius Leopold Weiss, a friend of J. S. Bach. Here is a Chaconne in G minor, accompanied by paintings by Caravaggio: