Bust of the composer Gioacchino Rossini

Carlo Marochetti1864/1864

Teatro Alla Scala

Teatro Alla Scala
Milan, Italy

In 1868 Gioachino Rossini died in Passy, today a district of Paris. There is no doubt that the “Swan of Pesaro” is one of the best-known composers of all time. Yet, despite his high renown, Rossini’s artistic personality has often been misunderstood, to the extent that even today certain stereotypes survive that do not take into account his contrasting facets. He was indeed an affable, witty man, but at the same time reserved and melancholic; an artist who always claimed to be a man of the eighteenth century although his operas represented a moment of renewal on the Italian and European scenes of the nineteenth century.
There is no simple means by which to understand the enigma that was Rossini, if not by listening to his music, or as he himself maintained, to the “moral atmosphere” in which the characters of his numerous masterpieces moved.


  • Title: Bust of the composer Gioacchino Rossini
  • Creator: Carlo Marochetti (1805-1857)
  • Date Created: 1864/1864
  • Location: Museo Teatrale alla Scala
  • Provenance: Donated by Ida Visconti di Modrone
  • Medium: Bronze

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