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Portrait Art, Arturo Toscanini Conducting, Vintage Photographs


Arturo Toscanini Conducting
American: c. 1930s-40s
Black and white photographs
14 x 11 inches, overall
Provenance: Estate of James Carr
$300, set of three

Set of three photographs of Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) conducting an orchestra. Each different image of Toscanini (from the same session) is artistically printed superimposed over a different photographic image of sheet music. Each of the three photograph sheets is a unique darkroom production. The two images are generally layered over each other, but in the areas of Toscanini’s face, the sheet music image is dodged out.

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Arturo Toscanini is considered to be one of the greatest conductors of his era. Known as a perfectionist with a photographic memory, he conveyed his passion for music to audiences over several decades. Born in Italy, he trained as a cellist but switched to conducting at age 19. His distinguished career includes stints as resident conductor at La Scala, Milan (1898-1908), the Metropolitan Opera, New York (1908-1915), Bayreuth (1930-1931), the New York Philharmonic (1926-1936) and the Salzburg Festival (1934-1937). With the rise of fascism in Italy and Germany in the late 1930s, he emigrated to the U.S. where the NBC Symphony Orchestra was founded for him in 1937. He performed regular national radio broadcasts until 1954, when he retired at age 87. These broadcasts made him the first conductor to achieve celebrity via the mass media.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall toning and wear, minor soiling, scratches.


“Arturo Toscanini.” Word (23 August 2004).

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20th Century