Giuseppe Verdi

1813–1901, ITALIAN

Verdi wrote operas in a popular style that blended high drama and emotion with memorable melodies. He was celebrated as a cultural hero by his Italian contemporaries engaged in a struggle for independent nationhood.

GIUSEPPE VERDI, 1886Verdi commissioned this lively painting of himself from the fashionable Italian portraitist Giovanni Boldini. The composer introduced the artist to the milieu of opera, where he gained a substantial number of lucrative commissions.

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