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Bel Canto Brooch

1997? Myra Mimlitsch Gray Born: Camden, New Jersey 1962 18k and 14k gold and seed pearls 3 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 5/8 in. (9.0 x 3.2 x 1.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp in honor of Shelby M. Gans 2003.27.2 Not currently on view


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The phrase bel canto means "beautiful singing" and describes a type of Italian opera that demands acrobatic vocal flourishes, especially from sopranos. Each twist of gold in this brooch evokes a different passage in the music, and the tiny beads of gold at the top appear to burst out from the center, suggesting the top notes in a lively cabaletta, a fast-paced aria with a repetitive rhythm.

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

stone - pearl

About Myra Mimlitsch Gray

Born: Camden, New Jersey 1962

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