Decoration de la salle de spectacle
NamesCochin, Charles Nicolas, 1715-1790 (Artist)
Prints depicting dance
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1745 (Questionable)
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFZ Coch C Dec 1
TopicsPrincesse de Navarre (Choreographic work)Ballet -- France -- 18th centuryVersailles (France) -- Buildings, structures, etcVersailles (France) -- Court and courtiers
NotesStatement of responsibility: C.N. Cochin filius delin. et sculp.Caption title.Caption reads in full: Decoration de la salle de spectacle. Construitte dans le Manege couvert de la grande Ecurie, à Versailles, pour la representation de la Princesse De Navarre Comedie Balet, donnée a l'occasion du Mariage de Louis Dauphin de France, avec Marie Therese Infante d'Espagne, Le XXIII Fevrier M.DCCXLV. Cette Feste ordonnée par M. Le Duc De Richelieu, Pair de France, en exercice de Premier Gentilhomme de la Chambre du Roy a éte conduitte par M. De Bonneval Intendant et controlleur general de l'Argenterie, Menus Plaisirs et affaires de la Chambre de sa Majesté.Biographical/historical: This print depicts the first performance of La princesse de Navarre, a comédie-ballet in three acts with music by Jean-Philippe Rameau and libretto by Voltaire, at Versailles on Feb. 23, 1745. Created to commemorate the wedding of Louis, Dauphin of France, it was performed by members of the Comédiens de la troupe du Roi and the Académie royale de musique. The ballet portrayed the efforts of Constance, the princess of Navarre, to escape unwanted suitors, and ended happily with a scene at the Temple of Love.Biographical/historical: Louis, Dauphin of France, 1729-1765, was the heir apparent and only surviving son of Louis XV. He predeceased his father, however, and never reigned. On Feb. 23, 1745, his marriage to the Infanta Maria Teresa Rafaela, daughter of Philip V of Spain, was celebrated in Versailles. The engravers Charles-Nicolas Cochin, a father and son who shared the same name, documented the wedding festivities in at least three prints: Decoration de la salle de spectacle (depicting the performance of the ballet La princesse de Navarre on Feb. 23, 1745), Decoration du bal paré donné par le roy (Feb. 24, 1745), and Decoration du bal masqué donné par le roy dans la grande gallerie du chateau de Versailles (Feb. 25-26, 1745). The first two were set in the covered riding school at Versailles, which was specially decorated for the two events.
Physical DescriptionEtchingsEngravingsExtent: 1 print :black and white; 74 x 53 cm.
DescriptionView of a theatre interior, with a performance in progress. An orchestra plays in a pit in front of the stage; a large audience is in attendance.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825553805NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759800Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 35535f50-0109-0135-f170-0dce48425fe1
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