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Pugnani was one of the outstanding Italian violinist-composers of the mid-eighteenth century. He began his orchestral career at 10, when he was appointed as a second violinist at the Teatro Regio, Turin. He studied composition in Rome and gained an international reputation as a virtuoso. In 1767, Pugnani came to London, where his first opera, 'Nanetta e Lubino', was performed to great acclaim. On returning to Turin in 1770 he was appointed first violinist of the King's music.
oil on canvas
120.5 x 89 cm
purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Art Fund, 1977
Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road, London, Greater London SW7 2BS EnglandView venue
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