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Creator:
Marco Ricci, 1676–1729, Italian, active in Britain (1708–10; 1711–16)
Title:

Rehearsal of an opera

Date:
ca. 1709
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
19 x 22 inches (48.3 x 55.9 cm) and 24 1/4 × 27 7/8 × 2 1/2 inches (61.6 × 70.8 × 6.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1981.25.523
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
alto | art | bonnet (hat) | books | cello | chitarrone | coats | double bass | dress (costume) | fan (costume accessory) | genre subject | harpsichord | instrumentalists | Italian | men | muff | music | musical instruments | opera (discipline) | painting (visual work) | performance | performers | piano | reading | sheet music | singers | singing | soprano | violin | wigs | women
Associated Places:
England | Greater London | London | United Kingdom
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:1007
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The Venetian painter Marco Ricci first visited London between 1708 and 1710–11, probably to paint scenery for the Queen’s Theatre, Haymarket. During this time he created a series of these small pictures of musical performances in domestic interiors. They have traditionally been identified as rehearsals for one of the Italian operas that were much in vogue in London at the time. Ricci’s paintings are, however, just as likely to represent private concerts by leading musicians associated with the opera. The man with the outstretched arm at the center of the composition is thought to be Nicola Grimaldi, known as Nicolini, one of the first of a number of castrati (male sopranos or altos whose high voices were preserved through castration) whose vocal pyrotechnics provided a major source of Italian opera’s appeal.

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Grand Tour - The Lure of Italy in the Eighteenth Century (Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, 1997-02-05 - 1997-04-07) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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The Consul Smith Collection - Masterpieces of Italian Drawing from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle (Kimbell Art Museum, 1989-11-11 - 1990-01-21) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Canaletto & Venezia, Museum Musei, Milano, p. 65, cat. 11.07, NJ18.C17 A12 2019 (LC) Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ching-Jung Chen, The early Georgian conversation piece : Thesis (Ph. D.)--Rutgers University, UMI Dissertation Services, Ann Arbor, 2001, pp. 79, 130, 593-99, cat. 145, Available online : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses [ORBIS]

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 186-187, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Hilliard Goldfarb, Art and music in Venice : from the Renaissance to the Baroque, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, 2013, p. 222, cat. no. 105, NX552.V4 A78 2013 (LC) OVERSIZE (Haas Art & Arch Collection) Second copy : LSF-Use in SML, Manuscripts and Archives only (Non-Circ) - Yns72 2013 A782 Oversize [ORBIS]

Catherine Loisel, Eblouissante Venise: Venise, les Arts et l'Europe au XVIIIe Siècle, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris, p. 130-131, cat. 87, N6921.V5 E25 2018 (LC) Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Scott Wilcox, Among the whores and thieves : William Hogarth and The beggar's opera, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1997, pp. 44, 46, 102, 103, no. 27, fig, 38, NJ18 H67 A15 B4 1997 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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