Original three-quarter length lithograph by Battistelli. Amalia FERRARIS.

Original three-quarter length lithograph by Battistelli.

Rome: Carnevale 1854. 300 x 235 mm. + wide margins. Printed on wove paper.

The subject is seated within a double-line border with decorative devices at corners, turned to her right with her hands crossed in her lap, holding a tambourine. With facsimile signature and the letters "DGDDD" to lower margin.

Slightly worn and creased; remnants of seals to blank margin with small 5 mm. hole to lower right corner; very small circular collector's stamp to lower left. Partially laid down to backing paper.

Binney: Italian Dance Prints 92. Arrigoni and Bertarelli 1556.

Ferraris, "queen of the Paris Opéra," studied with Carlo Blasis, who "considered her among his most successful students. In his writings he spared no praise for the beauty of her bearing, the lightness of her dancing, and the precision and strength of her technique... Considered 'a new Taglioni'... she knew how to fuse harmoniously the characteristics of the Romantic style with the brilliance of the highly virtuosic technique prevailing in the second half of the century." Claudia Celi in the International Encyclopedia of Dance, Vol. 2, p. 587.

Italian Romantic ballet prints are quite scarce. Item #29664

Price: $500.00  other currencies

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