Design for Third Day: Disintegration of the Palace and enchantments of the Island of Alcine, represented by a fireworks display from Les Plaisirs de l'Ile Enchantée (Pleasures of the Enchanted Island)

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Artist: Israel Sylvestre, French, 1621-1691
After: Carlo Vigarani, Italian, 1622-1713
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Gift of The Tobin Endowment
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For the climax of Les Plaisirs de l'Ile Enchantée, Italian designer Carlo Vigarani created an outdoor stage setting consisting of a palace rising from a rocky island at the edge of a garden pool. Fireworks, which exploded upward like a cascading fountain, destroyed Alcine's palace and signaled that Roger had successfully broken free of the spell of her enchanted island and its illicit pleasures.


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