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Vittorio Caradossi
ITALIAN
AMENAIDE, THE OPERATIC HEROINE
ACCÉDER AU LOT
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Vittorio Caradossi
ITALIAN
AMENAIDE, THE OPERATIC HEROINE
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Vittorio Caradossi
1861 - 1909
ITALIAN
AMENAIDE, THE OPERATIC HEROINE
signed: Prof. V, Caradossi. and inscribed: TANCREDI
white marble
110cm., 43 3/8 in.
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Description

Amenaide is a character from the Italian opera Tancredi by Gioachino Rossini. Two versions of the opera exist, one which ends tragically like in the original play by Voltaire, and another version which concludes happily. In both, Amenaide is the young innocent daughter of a noble family who falls in love with the hero of the tale, Tancredi. In the tragic version, Tancredi marries Amenaide just in time for him to die in his wife’s arms from a wound received in battle. 

Professor Vittorio Caradossi was a Florentine sculptor and was active during the late 19th and early 20th century. In contrast to his many large public monuments, Caradossi was famed for his sensuous female allegorical nude sculptures. He was distinguished for his highly decorative style with elaborate compositions. This figure of Amenaide is a gentle and modest depiction of the young heroine, which is emphasised by the drapery clinging to the curve of her hip. In the present sculpture, rather than focussing on the dramatic circumstances of the play, Caradossi accomplishes a moment of intimate reflection.

RELATED LITERATURE
E. Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres Sculpteurs Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Paris, 1999, vol. 3, p. 216

19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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