Concert for the Solemnity of the Assumption
On the occasion of the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary we remind the traditional concert, which is held in the Basilica of the Frari every year on the occasion of this feast.
Thursday 15 August at 4 p.m. Arias from the oratorio "The Triumph of the Virgin Assumed into Heaven"
Music Alessandro Scarlatti Text by Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni Sacred music pieces by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Gallo.
ENSEMBLE MUSICA VENEZIA Diana Trivellato, soprano Sara Tommasini, contralto.
The imposing altarpiece was commissioned to Tiziano in 1516 by Brother Germano, Prior of the Frari Convent, which upon its delivery two years later, caused severe embarrassment to the patronage and had rather cold welcome. The traditional iconography of the Virgin's Assumption into Heaven was in fact completely renovated and distorted by the master - probably barrowed from the contemporary Raffael-like motifs - to the point of being artistically blasphemous: the giant figures, the flamboyant colors in the figures' robes and flesh and the scene's exitement. Nevertheless, these characteristics made it a cornerstone in the artist's early work and, indeed, his most acclaimed masterpiece. Thanks to the exceptional critical recognition, it later became the most famous image by the master from Cadore.