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Opera singer Francesco d’Andrade, born 1858 in Lisbon and died 1921 in Berlin, celebrated success with his demon-like compulsive embodiment of Don Giovanni. Slevogt became friends with d’Andrade in 1894 when he met him at a Don Giovanni performance for the royal court opera in Munich. His engaging appearance became recurring motif in Slevogt’s work. Even when Francesco d’Andrade died in 1921, Slevogt still painted the entombment of Don Giovanni. Apart from the red d’Andrade, there is a white d’Andrade (1901/02, 160 x 215 cm) and a black d’Andrade (1903, 109 x 150 cm). Slevogt’s red d’Andrade got the most attention. Kaiser Wilhelm II decided to pick the more “secessionistic” picture when for the first time, one of Slevogt’s pictures was going to be purchased by the National Gallery in Berlin in 1912. Slevogt painted the picture, since he expected the gallery to have interest in buying from him.
Opera singer Francesco d’Andrade as Don Giovanni is larger than life and picture-filling in this portrayal of him. Slevogt displays the cemetery scene from Mozart’s opera. Leporello is hidden behind Don Giovanni’s back. It is the moment where the stone statue on the grave of Komturs, who Don Giovanni killed, raised his voice. A non-frightened Don Giovanni grabs his sword.