Saturday, July 18, 2020

Carlo Ferrario

A Natural Stone Arch Beside the Sea, Pencil on paper, 8 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches,
inscribed on mat in type print, at upper center, "Ballo Elinor"

Carlo Ferrario
Italian (1833–1907)

These sheest belongs to a group of twenty-seven drawings by the artist that were part of a now dismembered album. 
Carlo Ferrario worked as a set designer, an assistant at the Teatro alla Scala in 1859, taking the place of Filippo Peroni as director for scenography in 1867. In that capacity he designed the 1869 revival of LA forza del destino. By 1871 his relations with La Scala had disintegrated. In a letter to Verdi of 23 May 1871, Ricordi informs the composter that "the management has determined to change the scenic designer, replacing Ferrario with some better artist." But Ferrario was again on the scene in 1886-88, preparing the sets must have liked the Forza sets greatly, for he apparently wrote congratulating Ferrario, a letter the designer wanted to produce but could not find, in 1886 when he was competing for an for Verdi's Otello. Hioss designs are printed in Bignami, Cinquecento bozzetti di scenografia di Carlo Ferrario. Several drawings for the 1869 Forza can be found in "Sorgete! Ombre serene!" 63-65. Verdi academic position.

Architectural Ruins with a View of a Garden; Stage design for Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera, "Robert le diable", Graphite; partly squared in graphite,image: 6 15/16 x 10 7/16 in.

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