Guide to the Mattias Kusel engravings of scenes from Antonio Cesti's opera "Il Pomo d'Oro," drawn by Lodovico Burnacini, circa 1666,1689
Mattias Kusel engravings of scenes from Antonio Cesti's opera "Il Pomo d'Oro," drawn by Lodovico Burnacini C0454
Published by George Mason University Libraries
Antonio Cesti's opera "Il Pomo d'Oro" was first performed in Vienna, Austria circa 1666-1667 in celebration of the marriage of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I to the Spanish princess Margherita (Scmidt, 382). The libretto, by Francesco Sbarra, was a retelling and expansion of the Ancient Greek myth of the Judgement of Paris (Schmidt, 383), in which the Trojan prince Paris is asked to judge which of three goddesses, Hera, Athena, or Aphrodite, is the most beautiful. Stage designer Lodovico Burnancini created 23 stage designs for the piece, which took more than 8 hours to perform (Schmidt, 383-384).
This collection consists of two engravings by Mattias Kusel of scenes drawn by Lodovico Burnacini for Antonio Cesti's opera "Il Pomo d'Oro." Burnacini designed the sets for the production. According to dealer notes, one engraving is dated circa 1666 and the other 1689. The first engraving depicts Act V, Scene X, with a group of dancers performing onstage in an outdoor scene with a large number of cherubic and godlike figures looking down from the cloudy heavens. The second depicts Act IV, Scene V in the Tempo di Pallade, with a group of figures surrounding a large statue.
The engravings are arranged in chronological order.
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Burnacini, Lodovico, 1636-1707
Cesti, Antonio, 1623-1669
Kusel, Matthaus, 1629-1681
Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, 1640-1705
Mattias Kusel engravings of scenes from Antonio Cesti's opera "Il Pomo d'Oro," drawn by Lodovico Burnacini, C0454, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.
Purchased by Steve Gerber from J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians in 2011 and 2017.
Processing completed by Elizabeth Beckman in November 2019. EAD markup completed by Elizabeth Beckman in November 2019. These items were formerly part of the Performing Arts manuscript materials collection, C0215. The items were purchased separately and were combined into one collection by the processor.