The Reign of Pluto and Proserpina from Il Pomo d'Oro

Maker and role
Engraver: Tobias Lobeck, Austrian
Designer: Ludovico Ottavio Burnacini, Italian, 1636-1707
ca. 1700

Object detail

Engraving with hand-coloring
11 1/2 x 17in (29.2 x 43.2cm)
Credit line
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
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Object type
Theatre production
Opera with music by Antonio Cesti and libretto by Francisco Sbarra. Performed at the court of Leopold I, Vienna, 1668.
Further information
Baroque theatre was about gods and heroes. Italian architect-designer Ludovico Burnacini perfected the "machines" -- suspended platforms disguised as clouds that flew gods across the stage, giving rise to the term "deus ex machina" for an improbable plot device.
At the Viennese imperial court, Burnacini created lavish entertainments, notably Il Pomo d'Oro (1668), an opera based on the myth of the judgement of Paris and the legend of the Trojan Wars.


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