The Cave of the Winds, Act I, scene 11, in Il Bellerofonte

Maker and role
Artist: Giovanni Giorgi, Italian, active 1617-1656
Designer: Giacomo Torelli, Italian, 1608-1678
Year
1642

Object detail

Media/Materials
Etching
Measurements
9 3/8 x 12 1/4in (23.8 x 31.1cm)
Credit line
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
Accession number
TL2004.34.7
Object type
Department
Location
Theatre production
Opera by Francesco Sacrati. Produced at the Teatro Novissimo, Venice, 1642.
Further information
Although Italian Renaissance stage was not always static, sets really began to move and change in the Baroque period. Notable was the introduction of painted backdrops, suspended from above, with wings that moved along tracks from the side. Initially, dozens of stage hands were required to shift the scene. However, in productions such as Il Bellerofonte, Giacomo Torelli mechanized the process, using pulleys and counterweights.

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