CARADOSSI, Vittorio
(b. 1861, Firenze, d. 1918, Firenze)

Amenaide, the Operatic Heroine

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White marble, height 110 cm
Private collection

Amenaide is a character from the Italian opera Tancredi by Gioachino Rossini. Two versions of the opera exist, one which ends tragically like in the original play by Voltaire, and another version which concludes happily. In both, Amenaide is the young innocent daughter of a noble family who falls in love with the hero of the tale, Tancredi. In the tragic version, Tancredi marries Amenaide just in time for him to die in his wife's arms from a wound received in battle.

The statue is signed: Prof. V, Caradossi. and inscribed: TANCREDI.