February 20, 1816~ Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” premieres

Portrait of Gioacchino Rossini by Francesco Hayez, after a photograph by Étienne Carjat

1870 / Oil on canvas / 42 9/10”x34 1/5” / Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, Italy

The premiere of Gioachino Rossini’s opera buffa The Barber of Seville on 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina in Rome was a verifiable disaster! …
http://www.interlude.hk/front/rossini-barber-sevillepremiered-today-1816/

Previous February 20 posts:

February 20~ African-American visual artists

February 20, 1872: The Met opens its doors to the public

Nancy Wilson: Born February 20, 1937

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/20~

February 1, 1896~ Puccini’s La Bohème premieres

Poster by Adolfo Hohenstein
for the original production of Giacomo Puccini‘s La Bohème

1895 / Lithograph / 40”x26” / The Morgan Library & Museum, NYC

Previous February 1 posts:

February 1~ African-American visual artists

Piet Mondrian: March 7, 1872-February 1, 1944

I Want To Hold Your Hand

Artist Birthday Quiz for 2/1~

March 4~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Sofonisba Anguissola (c.1532-1625)
Italian painter; arguably the first female artist to achieve international fame
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Sofonisba-Anguissola

Portrait Group with the Artist’s Father Amilcare Anguissola and her siblings Minerva and Astrubale / c.1559 / Oil on canvas / 61.8”x48”

 

 

Ma Shouzhen (1548-1604)
Renowned Chinese courtesan, painter, poet, and composer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Shouzhen

Folding fan / Ming dynasty / Ink and colors on paper / 7”x18.89”

 

 

 

 

March 1~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

 

Illuminations in “Scivias” Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
German abbess, writer, composer, mystic, and perhaps artist; it is unclear how involved she was in the illustrations
https://www.wikiart.org/en/hildegard-of-bingen

Das Weltall (The Universe) / c.1165 / Manuscript illumination from “Scivias” by Hildegard of Bingen

 

 

 

 

 

Herrad von Landsberg (c.1130-1195)
Alsatian abbess, artist, author, poet, composer, and educator
https://www.wikiart.org/en/herrad-of-landsberg

Hell / c.1180 / Colored pen and ink drawing on paper, original no longer available