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The art of Il Viaggio a Reims

A virtual catalogue of all the famous art you'll see come to life on stage in this playful production of Rossini's lost opera.

 

  1. Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress (1659)
    Diego Velázquez
    Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

    This is one of the best known works of Spanish painter Velázquez. It portrays Margarita Teresa, a Spanish princess, at age 8.

    A portrait of Margarita Teresa in a blue dress

    Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress (1659), Diego Velázquez. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

  2. The White Duchess (1795)
    Francisco Goya
    Collection of the Duchess of Alba, Madrid, Spain

    Doña María de Pilar Teresa Cayetana de Silva Álvarez de Toledo was a muse of Francisco Goya. She was the XIII Duchess of Alba.

    Portrait of the White Duchess

    The White Duchess (1795), Francisco Goya. Source: Wikimedia Commons

  3. The Three Graces (1814-1817)
    Antonia Canova
    Victoria and Albert Museum and Scottish National Gallery

    This marble neoclassical statue depicts three charites, the daughters of Zeus. They represent beauty, cheer and elegance.

    The Three Graces

    The Three Graces (1814-1817), Antonia Canova. Source: Wikimedia Commons

  4. Portrait of Madame X (1884)
    John Singer Sargent
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United State of America

    Sargent painted this portrait of a young socialite, Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, because he desired to pay homage to her beauty.

    Although she had refused similar requests from other artists, Gatreau agreed to sit for Sargent. She proved a difficult subject. Sargent struggled with "the unpaintable beauty and hopeless laziness of Madame Gatreau".

    Portrait of Madame X

    Portrait of Madame X (1884), John Singer Sargent. Source: Wikimedia Commons

  5. Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe (1889)
    Vincent Van Gogh
    Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Van Gogh famously cut off his own ear with a razor in 1889 after an argument with painter Paul Gauguin.

    Van Gogh's self-portrait with bandaged eat

    Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe (1889), Pablo Picasso. Source: Wikimedia Commons

  6. Portrait of Dora Maar (1937)
    Pablo Picasso
    Musée Picasso, Paris, France

    This is one of Picasso's most famous portraits, painted of the Yugoslavian photographer Dora Maar.

    A recreation of Picasso's portrait of Dora Maar

    A recreation of Picasso's Portrait of Dora Maar, pictured here in the National Gallery of Victoria. Photo by Nicole Cleary.

  7. Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940)
    Frida Kahlo
    Harry Ramson Center, Museum of the University of Texas, Austin, United States of America

    Kahlo painted this self-portrait not long after her affair with photographer Nickolas Muray ended.

    Frida Kahlo's self-portrait with thorn necklace and hummingbird

    Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940). Source: FridaKahlo.org

  8. Le Fils De L'Homme (1946)
    René Magritte
    Private Collection

    Le Fils De L'Homme translates as The Son of Man. Magritte intended it as a self-portrait.

    A life-size recreation of Magritte's The Son of Man stands in front of the portrait The Son of Man

    Opera di Roma's 2016 production of Il Viaggio a Reims. Photo by Yasuko Kageyama.

  9. One Man Show (1985)
    Keith Haring
    Location Unknown

    Haring rose to prominence creating chalk graffiti art in subways, where he developed his signature style of bold lines and bright colours.

    A life-size recreation of one of the characters of Keith Haring's One Man Show stands in front of the mural

    Opera Australia's 2019 production of Il Viaggio a Reims. Photo by Jeff Busby.

  10. Melancholia (1989)
    Fernando Botero
    Private Collection

    Botero is a prominent Columbian artist whose work often exaggerates form.

    A life-size recreation of the subject of Botero's Melancholia sits in front of the portrait

    Opera Australia's 2019 production of Il Viaggio a Reims. Photo by Prudence Upton.

  11. Sacre de Charles X (1825)
    François Gérard
    Musée des Beaux-Arts, Chartres, France

    Gérard was a prominent French painter, commissioned to record the coronation of Charles X. In this production, the characters of the opera are gathering to recreate this painting.

    Gerard's painting The Coronation of Charles X

    Sacre de Charles X (1825), François Gérard. Source: Wikimedia Commons


 

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