172 x 120 mm. Bust length. Framed and glazed. Overall size 320 x 274 mm.
From the collection of the distinguished American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne (b. 1934).
Frame slightly worn.
The original painting on which this painting is based, was executed by Vincenzo Camuccini in ca.1820 and is held by the museum associated with La Scala Opera House in Milan.
"No composer in the first half of the 19th century enjoyed the measure of prestige, wealth, popular acclaim or artistic influence that belonged to Rossini. His contemporaries recognized him as the greatest Italian composer of his time. His achievements cast into oblivion the operatic world of Cimarosa and Paisiello, creating new standards against which other composers were to be judged. That both Bellini and Donizetti carved out personal styles is undeniable; but they worked under Rossini's shadow, and their artistic personalities emerged in confrontation with his operas. Not until the advent of Verdi was Rossini replaced at the centre of Italian operatic life." Philip Gossett in Grove Music Online.
Camuccini (1771-1844) painted his portrait of Rossini at the time of his first opera premieres—it is one of the most reproduced images of the young composer.
"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.
Price: $250.00 other currencies