Portrait of Carlo Broschi called Farinelli
Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica
Corrado Domenico Nicolò Antonio Giaquinto (8th February 1703, Molfetta (BA)-1766, Naples)
Oil on canvas
275,5 x 185,5 cm
Farinelli’s Villa, once in via Lame 228, Bologna
This painting is a portrait of the world famous soprano castrate singer Carlo Broschi whose stage name was Farinelli. He is wearing a cape of the order of Calatrava as in 1750 he was made a Knight of this important Spanish order by the king of Spain Ferdinand VI. The singer touches a page of music laid on the cembalo with his left hand. In the background, oval portraits of the King of Spain and his queen, Maria Barbara di Braganza, are surrounded by a tripudium of nymphs and cupids. There is also a self-portrait of the painter, Corrado Giaquinto. The portrait was part of Farinelli’s rich collection of paintings decorating his villa in Bologna, where he retired after a long stay at the court of Madrid (1737–1759).
Maria Carlotta Pisani, Farinelli’s niece, bequest
Presented to the Comune di Bologna in 1850 by Maria Carlotta Pisani, the niece of Farinelli.
Mostra della pittura italiana del '600 e del '700 (exhibition catalogue), Rome, 1922, p. 21.
Pittura Italiana del Settecento (exhibition catalogue) (eds. E. Riccòmini and J. Winkelmann), Bologna, 1974, pp. 38-39.
Collezionismo e storiografia musicale nel Settecento. La quadreria e la biblioteca di Padre Martini (exhibition catalogue), Bologna, 1984.
Le stanze della musica (exhibition catalogue), Cinisello Balsamo (Mi), 2002.
Guida al percorso espositivo del Museo della Musica, Bologna, 2004.
Jenny Servino "Portrait of Carlo Broschi called Farinelli" in Discover Baroque Art , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;BAR;it;Mus12_D;34;en&id=theatre
Prepared by: Jenny ServinoJenny Servino
AFFILIATION: Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica, Bologna
(International Museum and Library of Music)
Graduated in Political Science at the University La Sapienza of Rome. From 1996 to 2001 she worked for the Ufficio Spettacolo dell’Assessorato alla Cultura della Regione Piemonte and she was tecnical representative of the Regione Piemonte in the Association for the Joung Artists. In 2001 she became curator of the Civico Museo Bibliografico musicale of Bologna. Since 2002 she is tecnical representative of the Comune di Bologna for the international association European Mozart Ways and in 2004, when the International Museum and Library of Music was inaugurated, she was created curator.
Translation by: Antonella MampieriAntonella Mampieri
AFFILIATION: Musei Civici d’Arte Antica, Bologna
TITLE: Art Hitorian
Graduated and specialised at the University of Bologna. She is a specialist in Bolognese late Baroque art, namely sculpture. Among other subjects she has been studying nineteenth-century funerary art in the Bologna monumental cemetery, la Certosa.
Translation copyedited by: Lisa Kelman
MWNF Working Number: IT2 37
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