Gustus (Taste): The Banquet of the Gods from Il Pomo d'Oro

Maker and role
Engraver: Balthasar Sigmund Setletzky, German, 1695-1771
Designer: Ludovico Ottavio Burnacini, Italian, 1636-1707
ca. 1700
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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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Theatre production
Opera with music by Antonio Cesti and libretto by Francisco Sbarra. Performed at the court of Leopold I, Vienna, 1668.
Further information
In Act I of Il Pomo d'Oro, Discord interrupts the banquet of the gods on Mount Olympus by flying in and dropping a golden apple in their midst. Inscribed to "the most beautiful," this apple resulted in a famous contest between Venus, Athena, and Juno.
Although the opera was a tribute to Infanta Margherita of Spain, the bride of Leopold I, the engraving of the banquet of the gods was published in the 1700s as a representation of the sense of taste.


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