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Collection of engravings of theaters and stage sets, 1643-1763
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Set of four engravings of 17th century theater designs, numbered 1-2 and 5-6

Scope and Content Note

  • No. 1, architectural setting features Minerva
  • No. 2, architectural setting filled with smoke and flames, figures holding serpents
  • No. 5, architectural setting, figure inscribed with caption S. Ale.
  • No. 6, architectural setting, Virgin Mary

Francesco Santurini. Theatre Décor, drawings by Caspar Amort, engraved by Melchior Küsell (sic).

Scope and Content Note

Four engravings of a set of six compositions. Scenes from Medea Vendicativa (Munich 1662), an opera featuring fire and fireworks commemorating the christening of Max II Emmanuel.
  • Engraving 1 of 4. Second act, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury float in sky over men.
  • Engraving 2 of 4. Prologue set in Vulcan's grotto, where he and his companions forge swords for the goddess of revenge, Nemesis, shown astride a lion.
  • Engraving 3 of 4. Central arch inscribed with initials of Ferdinand Maria (1636-1679), elector of Bavaria. Underneath arch inscription indicates "laetamur in uno." Baby in cradle is Max II Emanuel.
  • Engraving 4 of 4. Act III set in Alps.

Daniel Pomarede. Three engraved plates showing theatres from The Universal History. London, 1763.

Scope and Content Note

  • The Mausoleum of Augustus erected in honor of Marcellus. Plate 59, volume 13, page 385
  • The Palace of Julius Caesar and the Amphitheatre of Claudius Caesar in the Campus Martis. Plate 53, volume 13, page 64.
  • The Great Circus began by Romulous, finished by Tarquin and Domitian's Naval Amphitheatre. Plate 57, volume 13, page 341.

Unidentified artist

Scope and Content Note

  • Unidentified 17th century Italian engraver. Venus descending among the nymphs.

Giacomo Torelli (artist) and Pierre Aveline (engraver). Two stage designs, hand-colored, ca.17th century.

Scope and Content Note

These engravings illustrate theatrical settings for the opera Venus Jalouse, originally known as Venere Gelosa (performed in Teatro Novissimo, Venice 1643).
  • Scene set in the king's palace. Inscription indicates engraving designed by Giacomo Torelli in Italy and etched by Pierre Aveline in Paris. Original caption: Le Palais du Roy de l'Isle de Naxos, qui est une Decorations du 2 et 3 Acte de l'Opera de Venus Jalouse representé a Venise.
  • The Royal Garden, Act III, scenes 11-13. Original caption missing from this version. Le Grand Cabinet de Lauriers, dans les Jardins du Roy de l'Isle de Naxos; c'est la derniere Decoration du troisiéme acte, et de tout l'Opera de Venus Jalouse representéa Venise.

Lodovico Ottavio Burnacini (artist). Il Pomo d'Oro. 14 of a set of 23 plates. Engraved by Matthäus Küsell (performed in Vienna, ca. 1668.)

Scope and Content Note

  • Pluto's court in hell. 2nd of 23 sets
  • Performers in a garden. Scene number unknown.
  • Gods at a banquet being served by satyrs and men. 3rd of 23 sets.
  • Procession of soldiers and prisoners. Scene number unknown.
  • Siege of city includes soldiers and elephants. 20th of 23 sets.
  • Courtyard in the palace of Paris. Act I, Scene 11.
  • Jupiter and Juno sit in the clouds above Paris. Act V, Scene 1.
  • Arsenal of Mars and Venus. Act III, Scene 6
  • Female figures in tree lined garden or park. 16th of 23 sets.
  • Venus floating in sky in glory above a sea shore. Act IV, Scene 4, 18th of 23 sets.
  • Two figures running along the bank of the river Xanthos. Act III, Scene 3, 12th of 23 sets.
  • Soldiers in battle. Act III Scene 11, 15th of 23 sets.
  • Neptune and Venus or Amphitrite observe a ship at sea. Act III, Scene 7, 14th of 23 sets.
  • Winged demons fly before gaping jaws which reveal Charon, the ferryman of the River Styx. 8th of 23 sets.