Scene design for the Temple of Bacchus Nemesis in I Baccanali di Roma
Maker and role
Artist: Antonio Basoli, Italian, 1774-1848
Ink and graphite on paper
17 x 22 1/4in (43.2 x 56.5cm)
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
Opera by Pietro Generali. Produced at the Teatro del Corso, Bologna, 1819.
Antonio Basoli's scene designs, with their gestural drawing and fluid washes, are clearly working drafts. Sometimes, perspective guidelines for architectural elements or cast shadows are visible, drawn with a graphite pencil and a straight edge. Usually, the designs are divided into squares and scale is indicated in the margin. This grid and scale would facilitate the process of enlarging the designs and transferring them onto painted backdrops.
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