Inv. No. CE3/00571
This bust represents Lucrecia Borja y Gonzalez de Riancho (Valencia, 1887 -New York, 1960), a Valencian soprano of great renown who changed her surname to the more Italianate Bori. After her debut in 1908 at the Teatro Adriano in Rome, she appeared two years later at the Paris opera as Puccini’s ‘Manon’, a role that led her to become a star performer at New York’s Metropolitan in 1910. Between 1908 and 1910, she won fame as Octavian in ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ at La Scala and at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. After her success in New York, she continued to work until 1936, except in the period 1916-1920 due to a vocal cord infection.
This bust, with its head turned to the right, emanates an air of aristocratic elegance very typical of her famous diva pose. At the same time, it conveys the feeling and lyricism of the characters she played during her career as a singer.
Son of the Spanish painter Ignacio Pinazo, Ignacio Pinazo Martínez (1883-1970) developed his talents at a very young age at Valencia’s Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Carlos. In 1900, he moved to Madrid to train as a sculptor at the studio of Mariano Benlliure. In 1904, he received the Valencia Provincial Council scholarship to study in Rome. He was professor of drawing at the Escuela Normal in Albacete, work that he combined with sculpture. In 1948, he received the gold medal in a national competition of fine arts for his work El enigma. In 1969, he was made a permanent member of Valencia’s Academia de San Carlos.
Item displayed in the Pinazo Room, first floor.