Artist: Valentino Monticello Title: Turandot Paper Size: 21"w x 19"h Image Size: 19"w x 16"h Medium / Edition : Paper / 195 copies. About this Piece: This Limited Edition Gouttelette on Paper has been printed with lightfast inks onto acid-free, calcium carbonate-buffered stock, mould-made from 100% cotton and sourced from environmentally-conscious paper suppliers.This stunning work of art is produced, in accordance with the artists customary technique of cutting and shaping only the labels taken from bottles of fine wine in order to create the collage. All the wines used here emanate from China, so as to add to the atmosphere of the scene. Turandot is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, set to a libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. The opera is based on a collection of Persian stories called The Book of One Thousand and One Days or Hezar o-yek shab. At the time of Puccini's death, the opera was unfinished; it was later completed by Franco Alfano. Turandots first performance was held at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 1926. Turandot tells the story of the Ice Princess and her hot-blooded Prince, who sets out to win her heart. It is a fairytale of disguised identities, riddles, ritual executions and powerful, triumphant love. Its music ranges from the exotic and portentous through the grandeur and mysticism of Turandots riddles, to the tragic beauty of the servant girl Lis appeals to and final sacrifice for her beloved master, Prince Calaf. It also contains the great and much-loved tenor aria Nessun Dorma, which was immortalised beyond the world of opera by Luciano Pavarotti, when he sung it in the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. About the Artist: Valentino Monticello has three passions: wine, opera and art. An exceptional talent, Monticello cuts and shapes his favourite wine labels into unique artworks that combine an in-depth knowledge of opera and an appreciation of world-class wines. The resulting collages defy belief, when one witnesses the care and the attention to detail which is involved in their creation.
The starting point for each collage is an operatic scene about wine. The artist then selects wine labels from the country where the opera is set, painstakingly cuts them into figures and shapes, and styles them into a composition that also reflects the operas country of origin. Most scenes are framed by a proscenium, copied from the designs of 11 different Opera houses. No painting or drawing is involved in Monticellos collages. The results are both theatrical and multi-faceted.
Born into a viticultural milieu near Vicenza in the Veneto region of Italy, he grew up amongst wine makers; his uncle made grappa in Bassano and often, as a young child, Monticello would help press grapes with his grandfather. In the 1950s, he moved to London to work as a sommelier and in the 1980s he became Head Sommelier at Harrys Bar, a prestigious private members dining club in London.
Monticello has drawn and painted since he was a child but it was whilst working as Head Sommelier that he focused his artistic endeavours upon opera and wine-themed collages. As a sommelier, Monticello had started to collect the labels of wine bottles, as a memento of his favourite wines, great vintages and for their design. This collection, and a commissioned collage in an old peoples home, inspired him recently to publish a book about wine, opera and his collages. The book was launched at an exhibition of Monticellos collages at the National Gallery, London to critical acclaim.
Mark Birley, the owner of Harrys Bar, recognised Monticellos talent, and in 1997, he asked the artist to design the clubs Christmas card. Monticello used the Christmas scene from Puccinis La Boheme. The backdrop was not Paris however but Londons South Audley Street, where Harrys Bar is situated. The entire creation was made from wine and champagne labels and created the stir which pushed Monticellos remarkable artwork to prominence. Description: All Prints are sale priced everyday! Professionally Frame any print from our dealer gallery starting at an additional $199 and receive free shipping! Click here to view the framing options.
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