Bel Canto Brooch

  • Myra Mimlitsch Gray, Bel Canto Brooch, 1997?, gold, pearl, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp in honor of Shelby M. Gans, 2003.27.2

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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.

Title
Bel Canto Brooch
Artists
Date
1997?
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Not on view.
Dimensions
3 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 5/8 in. (9.0 x 3.2 x 1.7 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp in honor of Shelby M. Gans

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Object Number
2003.27.2
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