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Italian theater prints, circa 1550-1983

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Finding aid for the Italian theater prints, ca. 1550-1983
Series II. Festivals, 1570-ca. 1759 2 boxes, 4 flat file folders 61 prints
The series comprises prints that illustrate court celebrations, notably pageants, tournaments, horse ballets, and fireworks held in honor of royal births, marriages, entries, and state visits. Festivals that are represented include the Guerra d'amore and the Guerra di bellezza at the Medici court in Florence, the Combat à la barrière at the court of Lorraine in Nancy, and the tournament known as La contesa dell'aria e dell'acqva in Vienna. Etchers and engravers include Ambrogio Brambilla, Jacques Callot, Stefano della Bella, and Teresa del Pò. Scenographers and designers include Giulio Parigi, Agniolo Ricci, Ferdinando Tacca, Alessandro Carducci, and Antonio Gherardi. The series is organized alphabetically by cities, and within each city per date. For sets designed as part of court celebrations, see Series I. For festivals that feature commedia dell'arte performances or representations of carnival celebrations, see Series IV.
Antwerp
Box Folder
6* 1 [Festivities in honor of the entry into Antwerp of Francis, Duke of Anjou and Alençon] Plantin, Christophe, publisher [1582] 1 print : etching. Im. 36.5 x 48.6; Sh. 38.4 x 49.9
Plate XXI from La ioyevse & magnifique entrée de Monseigneur Françoys, fils de France, et frere vnicqve dv Roy, par la grace de Dieu, Dvc de Brabant, d'Anjou, Alençon, Berri, en sa tres-renommée ville d'Anvers (A Anvers : De l'imprimerie de Christophle Plantin, 1582) showing a feast on the Great Market before the city hall in honor of the entry into Antwerp on Feb. 19, 1582, of Francis, Duke of Anjou and Alençon, the brother of King Henry III of France. The plate, although not signed, has been attributed to the printmaker Abraham de Bruyn and the drawing to Crispin van den Broeck. Hans Vredeman de Vries was commissioned to design the triumphal arches and floats. Ref.: Voet, Leon. The Plantin press (1555-1589), no. 1211.; Landwehr, John. Splendid ceremonies, no. 38
Bologna
Box Folder
6* 2 [Festa della Porchetta in Bologna] [ca. 1724] 1 print : etching. Im. 36.5 x 48.6; Sh. 38.4 x 49.9
A representation of the temporary architectural structures erected for the festa della Porchetta in Bologna in 1724. The scene is enclosed within a frame displaying the insignia of the Gonfaloniere and eight Anziani. Ref.: Barocco romano e barocco italiano, p. 171, ill. 18; Magnifico apparato, p. 152
Dresden
See: Box 2*, folder 13; Box 3*, folder 10.
Florence
Box Folder
6* 3 [Naval battle in the courtyard of the Palazzo Pitti, Florence] Scarabelli, Orazio, etcher [1592] 1 print : etching. Sh. 24 x 35.8; Mt. 26.7 x 39.8
A representation of the mock naval battle performed on May 11, 1589 in the courtyard of the Palazzo Pitti in Florence in celebration of the wedding of Ferdinando I de' Medici to Christine of Lorraine.
Ref.: Blumenthal, A. Theater art of the Medici, no. 13, p. 26-27
6* 4 [Les chars et les personnages] Callot, Jacques, etcher Parigi, Giulio, designer [1615, i.e. 1616] 1 print : etching. Im. 22.3 x 30; Sh. 24.3 x 35
A representation of the chariots and characters in costume for the horse ballet and tournament Guerra d'amore or the War of love performed in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, on Feb. 12, 1616 [1615 in stile fiorentino] and dedicated to Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria.
Title from: Lieure.
Ref.: Lieure 169; Blumenthal, A. Theater art of the Medici, no. 47, p. 97-101
6* 5 [Les chars et les personnages] Callot, Jacques, etcher Parigi, Giulio, designer [1615, i.e. 1616] 1 print : etching. Im. 22.6 x 30.4
A representation of the chariots and characters in costume for the horse ballet and tournament Guerra d'amore or the War of Love performed in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, on Feb. 12, 1616 [1615 in stile fiorentino] and dedicated to Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria.
Title from: Lieure.
Ref.: Lieure 169; Blumenthal, A. Theater art of the Medici, no. 47, p. 97-101
6* 6 Uno de gl'abbattimenti della guerra d amore festa del serenissimo gran duca di Toscana Callot, Jacques, etcher Parigi, Giulio, designer Rossi, Giovanni Giacomo de, publisher [Rome] : Gio: Jacomo Rossi formis Romæ alla Pace all insegna di Parigi [16--] 1 print : etching. Im. 21.3 x 29.7; Pl. 22.4 x 29.8; Sh. 27.5 x 36
A representation of the mock battle performed as part of the tournament Guerra d'amore or War of love in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, on Feb. 12, 1616 [1615 in stile fiorentino].
State 3 (cf. Lieure)
Ref.: Lieure 171; Blumenthal, A. Theater art of the Medici, no. 47, p. 97-101
6* 7 [Guerra di bellezza] Callot, Jacques, etcher Parigi, Giulio, designer [ca. 1616] 5 prints : etching. Im. 21.5 x 30; Sh. 22.6 x 30.1
Complete suite of prints depicting the horse ballet Guerra di bellezza or War of beauty performed in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, on the evening of Oct. 16, 1616 in honor of the visit of Federico Ubaldo della Rovere, Prince of Urbino, who was betrothed to Claudia de' Medici.
Ref.: Lieure 178-182; Blumenthal, A. Theater art of the Medici, no. 48-51, p. 103-109
6* 8 Carro di Teti fatto in Firenze … Callot, Jacques, etcher Parigi, Giulio, designer Rossi, Giovanni Giacomo de, publisher [Rome] : Gio Iacomo Rossi formis Rome alla Pace all insegna di Parigi [16--] 1 print : etching, engraving. Im. 15 x 22.8; Sh.15.8 x 23.5
A representation of the float of Thetis designed for the horse ballet Guerra di bellezza or the War of beauty performed in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, on the evening of Oct. 16, 1616, in honor of the visit of Federico Ubaldo della Rovere, Prince of Urbino.
State 2 (cf. Lieure)
Ref.: Lieure 179; Blumenthal, A. Theater art of the Medici, no. 50, p. 103-109
6* 9 Battaglia del re Tessi e del re Tinta festa rapresentata in Firenze nel fiume dArno il di XXV di luglio. 1.6.1.9. Collignon, François, etcher [16--] 1 print : etching. Sh. 21 x 29; Mt. 25 x 34.7
Copy of Jacques Callot's etching L'éventail depicting the mock naval battle between the weavers and dyers held on the Arno river in Florence on the evening of July 25, 1619. The print is trimmed in a fan-like shape and glued to a mount.
Copy of the type 3 (cf. Lieure).
Ref.: Lieure 302; Blumenthal, A. Theater art of the Medici, no. 63
6* 10 Figure della festa a cavallo, rappresentata nel teatro del ser.mo granduca di Toscana il di. 15, luglio 1637 Della Bella, Stefano, etcher Ricci, Agniolo, choreographer; draftsman Gamberai, Felice, engineer [ca. 1637] 1 print : etching. Im. 32.4 x 43.9
A representation of the horse ballet performed in the amphitheater of the Boboli gardens, Florence, on the evening of July 15, 1637 in celebration of the wedding of Ferdinand II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, to Vittoria della Rovere.
Inscribed: Agno.l Ricci in. del ballo ; Felice Ganb.rai ing.re ; Ste. de.lla Be.lla del. e f.
Ref.: Blumenthal, A. Theater art of the Medici, no. 86, p.179
6* 11 Naue del Colonbo gia trasformata da Nettunno in orca marina, et ora da Proteo ritornata nella prima sua forma con l'ordina.za de caualieri che deuano sopra essa andar al conquisto del Oriente per l'august.ma casa d'Austria Della Bella, Stefano, etcher Parigi, Alfonso, choreographer [ca. 1652] 1 print : etching. Pl. 23.7 x 29.7; Sh. 32.7 x 40.6
A representation of the horse ballet ordered by the Grand Duke of Tuscany Ferdinando II in honor of the visit of Anna de' Medici, Ferdinand Karl of Austria and Sigmund Franz of Austria. The ballet was performed in the amphitheater of the Boboli gardens, Florence, on the evening of April 28, 1652.
Ref.: Blumenthal, A. Theater art of the Medici, no. 88, p.185
6* 12 [Il mondo festeggiante] Della Bella, Stefano, etcher Tacca, Ferdinando, architect Carducci, Alessandro, choreographer [ca. 1661] 3 prints : etching. Sh. 29 x 44
Complete suite of prints depicting the horse ballet Il mondo festeggiante performed in the amphitheater of the Boboli gardens, Florence, on July 1, 1661 in celebration of the wedding of Prince Cosimo III to Princess Margherita Luisa of Orléans.
Ref.: Il luogo teatrale a Firenze, p. 154-157
London
Box Folder
7* 1 Here rests what was mortal of S.r Rob.t Clayton … Kirkall, Elisha, etcher [ca. 1707] 1 print : etching. Im. 31.4 x 21.7; Sh. 32 x 22
Funeral monument for Sir Robert Clayton (1629-1707), a merchant and Member of Parliament. Standing effigies of the deceased and of his wife Dame Martha Clayton (d. 1705) adorn the monument.
Inscribed in lower margin: J. Wrigglesworth delin. / E. Kirkall Sculp.
7* 2 A view of the rotundo house & gardens at Ranelagh, with an exact representation of the jubilee ball as it appeared May 24th. 1759 being the birth day of His Royal Highness George Prince of Wales Sayer, Robert, publisher [London] : Printed for Robert Sayer, Fleet Street, London [ca. 1759] 1 print : etching, hand col. Im. 23.5 x 39; Pl. 26.3 x 40.5; Sh. 34.4 x 51
A representation of the masked ball in front of the rotunda and gardens at Ranelagh in celebration of the birthday of George, Prince of Wales, May 24, 1759.
7* 3 A view of the canal, Chinese building, rotundo, &c. in Ranelagh gardens, with the masquerade - Vüe du canal, du bâtiment chinois, de la rotunda, &c. des jardins de Ranelagh un jour de masquarade Grignion, Charles, etcher Sayer, Robert, publisher [London] : Printed for & sold by Rob.t Sayer at the Golden Back opposite Fetter Lanne Fleet Street [17--] 1 print : etching. Pl. 26.5 x 40.5; Sh. 34.7 x 49.8
Masked figures are shown strolling along the canal, with a view of the rotunda and the Ranelagh gardens in the background. Inscribed in the lower margin: Canalet delin.t ; C. Grignion sculp. ; Publish'd According to Act of Parliament. Numbered in brown ink in lower right corner: 444. Ref.: Bruand, H. Inventaire du fonds français: graveurs du XVIIIe siècle, t. 11, p. 17, no. 46
Nancy
Box Folder
7* 4 [Combat à la barrière] Callot, Jacques, etcher; designer Deruet, Claude, designer [1627] 7 prints : etching. Pl. 15.2 x 24; Sh. 15.7 x 24.4; Mt. 23.4 x 32.2
The prints depict the tournament performed in Nancy on Feb. 16, 1627, at the court of Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine. Impressions of the etchings were issued in: Henry Humbert's Combat a la barriere … (A Nancy : Par Sebastien Philippe, 1627, pl. [2-8]). The prints are glued on mounts bearing stamp (Ville de Genève Cabinet des Estampes) and have embossed seal in lower center of image.
Ref.: Lieure 576-583; Jacques Callot : 1592-1635 : Musée historique lorrain, Nancy, 13 juin-14 septembre 1992, p. 334-343
7* 5 Entrée de Son Altesse a pied Callot, Jacques, etcher Deruet, Claude, designer [1627] 1 print : etching. Im. 15 x 23.9; Mt. 15.5 x 24.3
The print depicts the tournament performed in Nancy on Feb. 16, 1627, at the court of Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine. Impressions of the etching were issued in: Henry Humbert's Combat a la barriere … (A Nancy : Par Sebastien Philippe, 1627, pl. [9]).
Ref.: Lieure 583; Jacques Callot : 1592-1635 : Musée historique lorrain, Nancy, 13 juin-14 septembre 1992, p. 334-343
7* 6 [Arc de triomphe à la gloire de Charles V] Jacquart, Claude, etcher Demangeot, Sébastien, etcher 1734 1 print : etching. Im. 45.5 x 34.4; Sh. 45.7 x 35.5
A representation of the triumphal arch designed in Nancy in honor of Charles V, Duke of Lorraine (1643-1690), in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Turkish siege of Vienna (1683). Inscription on arch: Carolus V. Lot … dux. Inscribed on stone in lower right corner: Jacquart et Mangeot / fec. 1734.
Naples
Box Folder
7* 7 [Festival apparatus] Pò, Teresa del, etcher [ca. 1683-ca. 1687] 1 print : etching. Im. 18.7 x 49.5; Pl. 37.8 x 50; Sh. 42.5 x 53.3
A representation of a festival decoration designed for Gaspar Guzmán y Haro, viceroy of the Kingdom of Naples (1683-1687). Long inscription in the lower part of the image. Title from: Bellini. Ref.: Bellini, P., Wallace, R. W. Italian masters of the seventeenth century, 44 [XX/pt. 2] of The illustrated Bartsch, p. 329
Paris
Box Folder
7* 8 Le tournoy où le roy Henry II. fut blessé à mort le dernier de iuin 1559. Perrissin, Jean, etcher 1570 1 print : etching, letterpress. Pl. 31.3 x 49.6; Sh. 36.7 x 49.9
Plate [3] from Premier volume, contenant Qvarante tableavx ov histoires diuerses qui sont memorables touchant les guerres, massacres, & troubles aduenus en France en ces dernieres annees … depicting the tournament at which King Henry II of France was fatally wounded on June 30, 1559. The tournament was held as part of the festivities celebrating the weddings in Paris of his daughter Elisabeth de Valois to Felipe II, King of Spain, and his sister Marguerite de Valois to Emanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy. Inscribed: PERRISSIM FECIT 1570. Woodcut caption in the lower margin: LeRoy Henry ayant fait paix auecle Roy d'Espagne, celebrant / … State 1 (cf. Adhémar) Ref.: Robert-Dusménil, A. Le peintre-graveur, t. 6, p. 49-50, no. 3; Adhémar, J. Inventaire du fonds français, t. 2, p. 39, no. 3
7* 9 [Float at a festivity in honor of the birth of Louis, Duke of Burgundy] [1682] 1 print : etching, letterpress. Pl. 31.3 x 49.6; Sh. 36.7 x 49.9
Plate from: Mercure galant, Nov. 1682, facing p. 284. The location of the festivity has not been identified; celebrations in honor of the Duke of Burgundy were held at Chambord, Fontainebleau, Versailles, and various cities in France. Ref.: Inventaire du fonds français: graveurs du XVIIe siècle. Antoine Lepautre, Jacques Lepautre, t. 11, no. 46
Rome
Box Folder
7* 10 Castello S. Angelo con la girandola Brambilla, Ambrogio, etcher [Rome] : Claudij Duchetti formis 1579 1 print : etching. Pl. 50 x 38; Sh. 50.5 x 38.9
A view of Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome with a fireworks display. Inscription in the lower margin: Segno d'allegrezza qual si fa in Roma … Inscribed in lower right corner: Io: Ambr. Bram. inuen: fe. / 1579.
Ref.: Fochi d'allegrezza, no. 74, fig. 74
See also: Series VII. Oversize materials, FF. 14-16**
Venice
See also: Series VII. Oversize materials, FF. 17**
Vienna
Box Folder
7* 11 [La contesa dell'aria e dell'acqva ] Ossenbeeck, Jan van, etcher Hoy, Nikolaus van, draftsman Pasetti, Carlo, designer Carducci, Alessandro, choreographer [1667] 23 prints : etching. Sh. 28.5 x 42.3 or smaller
Plates from Francesco Barra's La contesa dell'aria e dell'acqva … ([Vienna] : Appresso Matteo Cosmerovio …, 1667) depicting the horse ballet and tournament performed in Vienna on Jan. 24, 1667 in celebration of the wedding of Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor to Margarita Teresa, Spanish Infanta. Eight plates numbered 1 to 8 (Sh. 17.5 x 19.7 or smaller) illustrate the tournament or carrousel and include a title leaf with inscription: Parte delle Figure dei Caroselli … 13 plates (Sh. 27.1 x 17.8), also numbered (Prima - Dodecima, last plate unnumbered), illustrate the horse ballet and include a title leaf with inscription: Parte delle Figure del Balletto …Watermarks: cross with letters IHS; shield [?]


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