Lot 750: Superb 6.75 x 9.75 imperial cabinet photo of Verdi wearing a classic hat in a fine head-and-shoulders pose, signed in black ink, "G. Verdi, Montecatini, 1 Agosto 1898." Published by P. Tempestini of Montecatini. In very good condition, with overall surface spotting and a ding to the top of the mount. Verdi frequented Montecatini throughout the last twenty years of his life, an area of Italy known for its spa and a destination for many of his contemporaries, such as Mascagni and Leoncavallo. At this point, he had finished writing his last work, Quattro pezzi sacri, which had been performed in Paris for the first time in April. A remarkable portrait of the legendary composer, especially rare in this size.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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