Portrait engraving by Mazzini Canfarini after a photograph by Erwin. Gioachino ROSSINI.

Portrait engraving by Mazzini Canfarini after a photograph by Erwin

Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato, [?1942].

Image size 63 x 53 mm, sheet size 198 x 188 mm. On wove paper. Bust length, background contains repeated "Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato" radiating from center within intricate rose-toned border.

From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).

Slightly worn; upper edge frayed; lower rifght corner slightly creased.

Canfarini was an engraver at the Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato, the state agency responsible for printing coins, passports, and postage stamps. Italy produced two sets of stamps to honor anniversaries of Rossini's birth and death, first in 1942 and then in 1968. None of the published issues was designed by Canfarini, but it is possible that the present engraving was a proof.

"Horne had a voice of extraordinary range, rich and tangy in timbre, with a stentorian chest register and an exciting top... In concert she once achieved the feat of singing in a single programme Rossini arias and Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene, proof of her exceptional versatility. Throughout her lengthy career she was an admired recitalist, singing lieder, mélodies, Spanish and American songs with equal aplomb." Alan Blyth in Grove Music Online.

A curious artifact, possibly designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Rossini's birth.

Item #31475

Price: $65.00  other currencies

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