Rafael Colón Hand Painted Violin (Aida)

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Rafael Colón Hand Painted Violin (Aida)

The artist Rafael Colón’s love for the history of ancient Egypt and his visit there with the U.S. Marines inspired him to create a passionate tribute to Giuseppe Verdi’s heart-rending tragic love triangle. Rafael’s unique color palette is wood burned and hand painted with exceptional detail on this violin.

Each beautifully painted, collectible violin is one of a kind. It is hand drawn, wood burned and hand painted on front and back by the artist in his NYC studio using oil, acrylic and marker paints. The violin comes with a bow, a case and a display stand and can be displayed on a shelf, piano or any flat surface.

Rafael Colón’s work is in the collection of the Queen of Sweden, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, the Tony Hawk Foundation and others. His art has been featured at El Museo del Barrio and at The Asia Society New York City.

  • Wood
  • Oil, acrylic & marker paints
  • One of a kind
  • Includes bow, case & display stand
  • Violin: 8.3” W x 2.8” D x 23.4” L

History

Aida

This grandest of grand operas, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story set in ancient Egypt packed with magnificent choruses, dramatic arias, complex ensembles and elaborate ballets. The opera is, at its core, a profound exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty.

The score of this 4-act opera is a sophisticated example of Italian Romanticism as heard in the “Celeste Aida” right at the beginning of Act I, her impassioned “Ritorna vincitor!” that follows and her great internal journey, “Qui Radamès verrà! O patria mia” in Act III. At the center of Act II, is the great Triumphal Scene, which ranks among opera’s most celebrated moments.

Notable performances include a 1955 production conducted by Tullio Serafin with Maria Callas as Aida and Richard Tucker as Radamès, as well as a 1959 performance conducted by Herbert van Karajan with Renata Tebaldi as Aida and Carlo Bergonzi as Radamès.

Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world.

At the Metropolitan Opera alone, Aida has been performed more than 1,500 times since 1886 and was presented again in the Met’s 2018–19 season.

Aida was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House on December 24, 1871.

 

 

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