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Secretarial letter with autograph signature ("Cav[ali]er Paisiello") to the Minister of the Interior regarding the painter Mattioli
1 page of a bifolium (ca. 332 x 222 mm.). Dated Naples, March 7, 1812. Written and signed in black ink on paper with partial date ("Napoli 18") and "Società Reale di Napoli... Il Presidente della Reale Accademia di Belle Arti" printed at head. In Italian. Paisiello requests that the painter [?]Raffaele Mattioli receive a payment of 30 ducats for his continued work on a commissioned painting. Very minor staining; creased at folds with very small perforation to central portion of first leaf, slightly affecting "d" of "disporre." . Paisiello was "one of the most successful and influential opera composers of the late 18th century... [his] popularity was at its height in the last two decades of the 18th century. During that period his dramatic works were as much in demand outside Italy as within it. In Vienna, for example, the Italian opera company installed by Joseph II performed during the 1780s more works by Paisiello than by any other single composer. Londoners too were particularly partial to his operas. The decline in the demand for his music, which became noticeable everywhere after about 1800, was a sign that taste had changed. The works that retained their popularity longest were his best comic operas, including Il barbiere di Siviglia, L’amor contrastato and Nina... Promoters have revived a few of his operas in the late 20th century, kindling a renewed flicker of public interest." Michael F. Robinson in Grove Music Online. Raffaeli Mattioli (1775–after 1831) was a Neapolitan painter. His works include the Oath of the Romans before the Law and the Death of Hector. He also painted figures for productions at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples.
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