Troisiesme journée: theatre dressé au milieu du grand Estang ... Additional title: Troisieme journéeAdditional title: Festes et divertissements du roy à VersaillesAdditional title: Plaisirs de l'isle enchantée
NamesSilvestre, Israël, 1621-1691 (Engraver)Silvestre, Israël, 1621-1691 (Artist)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers in groups or more than two but not in a ballet or theatrical dance scene
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1673
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFY Sil I Pla 2
TopicsPlaisirs de l'îsle enchantée (Choreographic work)Ballet -- France -- 17th centuryPageants -- France -- 17th century
NotesStatement of responsibility: Israel Silvestre, deline, et sculpsit et excudit cum privilegio Regis.Content: Caption title.Content: Caption subtitle reads in full: Theatre dressé au milieu du grand Estang representant l'Isle d'Alcine, ou paroissoit son Palais enchanté sortant d'un petit Rocher dans lequel fut dancé un Ballet de plusieurs entrées, et apres quoy ce Palais fut consumé par un feu d'artifice representant la rupture de l'enchantement apres la fuite de Roger.Content: Probably a plate from Les plaisirs de l'isle enchantée, ou, Les festes et divertissements du Roy à Versailles, published in Paris by L'Imprimerie royale, 1673-1679.Citation/reference: For more information on Les plaisirs de l'isle enchantée, see: Gellman, Lola B. and Wein, Jo Ann, The four arts in the Baroque: an exhibition of prints and books, New York, Queensborough Community College, 1982.Funding: Purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.Acquisition: Purchase; C. & J. Goodfriend, 2010.Biographical/historical: Les plaisirs de l'isle enchantée was a seven-day series of entertainments held at Versailles, beginning on May 7, 1664. Given in honor of the queen mother, Anne of Austria, and Queen Marie Thérèse, it provided a pretext to display the power and wealth of the court of Louis XIV. This print depicts a scene from the ballet Le palais d'Alcine, arranged by the Duc de Saint-Aignan to music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, with scenic design by Carlo Vigarani. Presented on the third day of entertainments, the ballet was based on a subplot from Ariosto's epic poem Orlando furioso, in which Ruggiero (Roger of the print's caption) attempts to escape the toils of the enchantress Alcina. As the caption reveals, the ballet closes with the destruction of Alcina's palace amid a display of fireworks.
Physical DescriptionEtchingsExtent: 1 print : etching ; 28 x 42 cm.
DescriptionScene from a ballet presented at Versailles in May 1664. On a pond before her palace, the enchantress Alcine rides on a sea-monster, flanked by two nymphs on dolphins.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825553543NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b18580071Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 63cf36f0-0108-0135-56bb-59c19012d5a3
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