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Proof cabinet photograph, 4.75” x 7.5” of a medal struck for the first anniversary of Verdi’s death in 1901.  The verso bears the autograph of the author of the inscription on the obverse of the medal, Gaetano Negri with the name

“Ricordi”.

 

Giuseppe Verdi passed away on January 27, 1901.  The artist Lodovico Pogliaghi (1857-1950) was commissioned to design the crypt at Casa Verdi (Casa di Riposo) where the composer and his wife, Giuseppina Strepponi are buried.  Casa Verdi was the composer’s sponsored home for aged singers and musicians in Milan. Giulio Ricordi, the head of Verdi’s publisher, Casa Ricordi commissioned Pogliaghi to strike a medal on the one year anniversary of the composer’s death.  The medal was sculpted by Pogliaghi, engraved by Angelo Cappuccino, with the words of Milan Mayor, Gaetano Negri on the verso.  The photograph was sent to Casa Ricordi for their approval of the plaster cast before the medal was struck in 1901, for the 1902 anniversary in January.  Interestingly, Negri himself died in 1902 after a fall while hiking in the mountains of Varazze in July, 1902.

 

The medal (Niggl 2084, page 228) was struck at the foundry Atelier Johnson in Milan in both bronze and silver.  The medal itself is 50 mm with a loop at the top in production.  It bears the composer’s name on the face and the verbiage on the obverse, INESAVRIBILE CREATORE/DI MELODIE DIVINE/EVOCATORE/NEL PIANTO E NEL SORRISO/DI FIGURE IMMORTALI/CONGIVNSE/ALLA INFATICA OMNIPOTENZA DEL GENIO/LE VIRTV DELL’VOMO DELL CITTADINO/INTERMERATO E PORTE/OTTOBRE 1813-GENNAIO 1901/ G. NEGRI.    A loose translation, Tireless creator of divine melody, summoner of tears and smiles by his immortal talents. He united in his omnipotent and immortal genius, the manly virtues of a brave and prudent citizen.

 

Gaetano Negri (1838-1902) who signs the proof photograph on the verso, adding the word, “Ricordi” was a fascinating man of his time.  A soldier, lawyer, geologist, writer and politician, he was best known as the first non-noble Mayor of Milan from 1884-1889 and a Senator from 1890 until his death.  Negri also was the President of the Lombard Institute of Science and Letters from 1898-1899 and then again in 1902. He also was the President of the Italian Society of Natural Sciences from 1892-1894. He was twice decorated as an officer for bravery in fighting brigands in Southern Italy.

 

A unique piece of Verdiana for the collector of memorabilia of the great composer.

 

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