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"Così fan tutte" Archival Pigment Print by Mark Podwal

Item# 10057985


"Così fan tutte" Archival Pigment Print by Mark Podwal

Mark Podwal's archival pigment print depicts the four leading characters
of Mozart's beloved comedy, with the men, disguised as moustache-wearing
"Albanians," wooing each other's sweetheart. The troop ship's flag and
sails feature Mozart's signature and musical excerpts from the score.

  • 36" x 24"
  • Archival Pigment Print
  • Limited edition 150 hand signed and numbered copies

About the Artist:
Mark Podwal's work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, among many others.  He has received awards from the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Newspaper Design, and the French government named him an officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Così fan tutte
The third and final collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte is a fascinating paradox: a frothy comedy of manners with an intensely dark take on human nature; an old story (it has antecedents in Boccaccio, Shakespeare, and Cervantes, among others) with a startlingly modern tone; and a beautiful score depicting questionable behavior. Così fan tutte was only moderately successful at its premiere and remained just outside the standard repertoire for more than a century. Così still poses unique challenges, and correspondingly unique rewards, for the public today. Every possible impression of love—from the loftiest to the basest—is explored in this extraordinary opera. Premiere: Vienna, Court Theater, 1790.

Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

Setting
The opera is set in Naples. With its natural beauty and abundant sunshine, the city became the equivalent of a tourist destination in the 18th century. It has been suggested that the preponderance of woodwinds in the score is meant to evoke the breezy atmosphere of the seashore.




 

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