Guide to the Mattias Kusel engravings of scenes from Antonio Cesti's opera "Il Pomo d'Oro" C0454 Mattias Kusel engravings of scenes from Antonio Cesti's opera "Il Pomo d'Oro"

Guide to the Mattias Kusel engravings of scenes from Antonio Cesti's opera "Il Pomo d'Oro" C0454

Mattias Kusel engravings of scenes from Antonio Cesti's opera "Il Pomo d'Oro"


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Repository
George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Identification
C0454
Title
Mattias Kusel engravings of scenes from Antonio Cesti's opera "Il Pomo d'Oro," drawn by Lodovico Burnacinicirca 1666, 1689
URL:
https://scrc.gmu.edu/finding_aids/kusel.html
Quantity
0.01 Linear Feet
Creator
Burnacini, Lodovico Ottavio, 1636-1707
Creator
Küsel, Matthäus, 1629-1681
Language
Latin .
Abstract
Two engravings of scenes from Antonio Cesti's opera "Il Pomo d'Oro."

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Public Domain. There are no known restrictions.

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Preferred Citation

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.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Steve Gerber from J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians in 2011 and 2017.

Processing Information

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.


Historical Information

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).

Scope and Content

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.

Arrangement

The engravings are arranged in chronological order.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Cesti, Antonio, 1623-1669
  • Leopold, Holy Roman Emperor, I, 1640-1705
  • Opera
  • Vienna (Austria)

Bibliography

Schmidt, Carl B. "Antonio Cesti's 'Il Pomo d'Oro': A Reexamination of a Famous Habsberg Court Spectacle." Journal of the American Musicological Society 29, no. 3 (Autumn 1976): 381-412. https://www.jstor.org/stable/830967

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Burnacini, Lodovico Ottavio, 1636-1707
  • Cesti, Antonio, 1623-1669
  • Küsel, Matthäus, 1629-1681
  • Leopold, Holy Roman Emperor, I, 1640-1705