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Medal Commemorating the Centenary of the Birth of Gaetano Donizetti, 1897

  • bronze
  • Inv. 1911-CB-2

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Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) ended up as a soldier with his regiment in Venice, where he had an opera performed. This earned the success and support of important patrons who were able to obtain his exemption as a soldier. He subsequently wrote about 70 more operas, which were performed in all major cities in Europe, then worldwide. After a successful career, he was appointed imperial court composer and Kapellmeister in Vienna in 1842. In 1897, the city of Bergamo decided to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Donizetti's birth by issuing this medal. Swiss artist G. Chiattone handled the design while Angelo Cappuccio did the engraving. It depicts Bergamo cathedral on the obverse and a woman holding a lyre on the reverse. The production of the medals was entrusted to the house of Johnson in Milan.


Angelo Cappuccio
1855 - 1918

workshop / studio

Title Medal Commemorating the Centenary of the Birth of Gaetano Donizetti
Date 1897
Period 19th century
Location Milan TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings inscription and signature below: A RICORDO DELLE ONORANZE CENTENARIE A GAETANO DONIZETTI / JOHNSON - MILANO
signature, location and date below
Collection medals AAT
Object type commemorative medals AAT
Inventory number 1911-CB-2
Acquisition credit gift
Société Gantoise des Amis de la Médaille
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11Q712 church (exterior) Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31D120 Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden Iconclass
48C7321 lyre, cithara, psaltery Iconclass
48C862 opera Iconclass
61B2(GAETANO DONIZETTI) historical person (GAETANO DONIZETTI) Iconclass
61E(BERGAMO) names of cities and villages (BERGAMO) Iconclass
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