Carmen by Valentino Monticello

"Noah Saved the Vine"

First performed in Naples in 1830, Il Diluvio Universale (The Great Flood) 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 satrap Cadmo."Noah Saved the Vine" is Valentino's latest work. It takes as its theme Noah preparing for the universal flood by collecting up the animals two by two.

The collage features 33 people and 64 animals. Of particular note is the rear of the Hippo for which Valentino used a label from Gruaud Larose. The picture also shows a Cheval Blanc (White Horse) using of course a label from Chateau Cheval Blanc. In the front right hand side of the picture is his Alsatian dog, Ginny, and the small dog leaping up to lick her face is a doggie friend from the park.

And God gave a commandment: "Be fruitful and multiply, bring forth abundantly on the earth and multiply in it." And as a sign of His covenant, He set the rainbow in the sky, "the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth." After the Flood, "Noah was the first tiller of the soil. He planted a vineyard and he drank of the wine, and became drunk, and lay uncovered in his tent."

Detail from the main picture - The Vine is Saved! Ch. Gruaud Larose is used to create the rear of the hippopotamus.

Detail from the main picture showing Valentino's dog Ginny and her friend from the park.

Original picture
Actual size of Orginal
39.5 inches x 47 inches 100cm x 120cm

Original picture
This picture is unframed. It looks absolutely stunning. SOLD

Actual size of Orginal
39.5 inches x 47 inches 100cm x 120cm

Signed Giclee print
........$595.00.........345.00........480.00 euros

Signed limited edition of 195 pieces, signed and numbered by the artist.
Mounted on conservation grade matting, cellophane wrapped and with a certificate of authenticity. The quality of the printing is superb. All the details that are so vital in Valentino's work can be clearly seen.

Actual size of the image
40cm x 50cm 16 inches x 20 inches

Overall size including the mount
60cm x 70cm 24 inches x 28 inches


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