Large portrait engraving by Étienne Beisson after the painting by Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun. Giovanni PAISIELLO.

Large portrait engraving by Étienne Beisson after the painting by Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun.

Paris: Chez l'Auteur, [1816].

Image size 288 x 219 mm, sheet size 412 x 325 mm. Steel engraving on wove paper. Paisiello is depicted three-quarter length, seated at spinet. With "Peint par Madame Lebrun. Dessiné par Lefort. Gravé par E.tne Beisson." directly beneath image, and titling "Paisiello." in large engraved script.

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

Browned; slightly worn; minor paper loss to corners; light fraying, soiling, and small tears to left edge.

IFF (après 1800) 2, p. 37, no. 14. Arrigoni & Bertarelli 3208. Hall III, p. 289, no. 1.

"One of the most successful and influential opera composers of the late 18th century... [Paisiello's] popularity was at its height in the last two decades of the 18th century. During that period his dramatic works were as much in demand outside Italy as within it. In Vienna, for example, the Italian opera company installed by Joseph II performed during the 1780s more works by Paisiello than by any other single composer. Londoners too were particularly partial to his operas. The decline in the demand for his music, which became noticeable everywhere after about 1800, was a sign that taste had changed. The works that retained their popularity longest were his best comic operas, including Il barbiere di Siviglia, L’amor contrastato and Nina... Promoters have revived a few of his operas in the late 20th century, kindling a renewed flicker of public interest." Michael F. Robinson in Grove Music Online.

French painter Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755-1842), portraitist to Marie Antoinette, was one of the foremost French painters of her generation. She attended the 1791 premiere of Paisiello's Nina in Naples, shortly thereafter painting her portrait of the composer. Parisian engraver Étienne Beisson (1759-1820) published the present engraving following Paisiello's death.

"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.

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