Noah Saves The Vine

Valentino Monticello

TitleNoah Saves The Vine
ArtistValentino Monticello
Paper Size (W x H)24 x 19 ins
Edition Size195
Price £240.00

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This stunning work of art, Noah saves the vine,  is produced, in accordance with the artist’s customary technique of cutting and shaping only the labels taken from bottles of fine wine in order to create the collage. The collage features 33 people and 64 animals. Of particular note is the rear of the hippotamus, for which the artist used a label from Gruaud Larose. The picture also shows a white horse, which, of course, uses a label from Chateau Cheval Blanc. In the front right-hand side is the artist’s Alsatian dog, Ginny. Il Diluvio Universal, or The Great Flood, is an opera by Gaetano Donizetti.

The Italian libretto was written by Domenico Gilardoni after Lord Byron's Heaven and Earth and Padre Ringhieri's Il Diluvio. The opera premiered in Naples in 1830 however, it failed to become an instant success. The opera is something of an oddity. Donizetti called it a “tragic-sacred action” and it attempts, experimentally if awkwardly, to combine oratorio with opera by interweaving a portrait of Noah and his family preparing for the flood with a depiction of the sexual shenanigans at a nearby Babylonian court, where wicked concubine Ada is in the process of ousting her rival Sela from the affections of the emotionally confused Cadmo.

The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.

About the Artist

Valentino Monticello

Valentino Monticello has three passions: wine, opera, and art. An exceptional talent, Monticello cuts and shapes his favourite wine labels into unique artworks.

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