Scene design for Philip's Study in Don Carlo

Maker and role
Artist: Donald Oenslager, American, 1902-1975
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Object detail

Watercolor, ink, and collage on paper
12 x 20in (30.5 x 50.8cm)
Credit line
Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin
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Theatre production
Opera by Giuseppe Verdi. Produced at HemisFair, San Antonio, 1968.
Further information
The Adoration of the Name of Jesus by El Greco dominates Donald Oenslager's design for the scene in which Philip II contemplates killing his own son, Don Carlos. Most likely commissioned by Philip II, El Greco's painting would seem to comment on the Spanish monarch's moral dilemma.

Note: Verdi's opera is based on the life of Prince (or Don) Carlos (1545-1568), son of Philip II of Spain. However, when the opera is performed in Italian, he is usually called "Don Carlo."


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