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Madame Angelica Catalani (1779–1849)

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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Angelica Catalani was the greatest Italian soprano of her time and was famous throughout Europe. The French artist Vigée Le Brun, who had painted her in Paris in 1806, wrote that: 'Her voice, one of the most astounding that one could hear, combined a prodigious range with a lightness that was nothing short of miraculous… She was enchanting in the manner of a nightingale'. Catalani moved to London because of her dislike of the Emperor Napoleon. She sang in Bristol several times.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Bristol


Date

c.1821

Medium

oil on millboard

Measurements

H 16.9 x W 12.7 cm

Accession number

K1051

Acquisition method

purchased, 1931

Work type

Painting


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