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Troisiesme journée: theatre dressé au milieu du grand Estang ...
Additional title: Troisieme journée
Additional title: Festes et divertissements du roy à Versailles
Additional title: Plaisirs de l'isle enchantée
Silvestre, 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 / Origin
Date Issued: 1673
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFY Sil I Pla 2
Plaisirs de l'îsle enchantée (Choreographic work)
Ballet -- France -- 17th century
Pageants -- France -- 17th century
Statement 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 Description
Extent: 1 print : etching ; 28 x 42 cm.
Scene 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 Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825553543
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b18580071
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 63cf36f0-0108-0135-56bb-59c19012d5a3
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1621: Creator Born
  • 1673: Issued
  • 1691: Creator Died
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Troisiesme journée" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1673.

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Troisiesme journée