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Degli Alli, Silvio (Etcher)
Tacca, Ferdinando, 1619-1686 (Artist)
Moniglia, Giovanni Andrea, 1624-1700 (Librettist)

Prints depicting dance

Ballet or dance scenes from theatrical works, with or without people in them

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1658 (Questionable)
Issuance: single unit
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFA-17 Alli S Hip 1
Cavalli, Pier Francesco, 1602-1676. Hipermestra
Accademia degli immobili (Florence, Italy)
Set design drawings
Biographical/historical: L'Hipermestra (music, Francesco Cavalli; libretto, Giovanni Andrea Moniglia; scenery, Ferdinando Tacca) was first performed at the Teatro dell'Accademia degli Immobili, Florence, in 1658, on the occasion of the birth of a son to King Philip of Spain. Derived from ancient Greek myth, the story treats the dilemma of Hypermestra, whose loyalties are torn between her father and lover.
Biographical/historical: Etching made by Silvio degli Alli after a design by Ferdinando Tacca. The online catalog of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which holds copies of other scenes from L'Hipermestra, notes that these etchings were made in two plates, one for the proscenium and one for the scene onstage. This print was made from the latter plate.
Physical Description
Extent: 21 x 26 cm.
Scene from the opera L'Hipermestra, depicting the meeting of two men in a tree-lined clearing; a row of men stands at left.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19591385
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 93835ac0-8829-0130-1488-58d385a7bbd0
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1658: Issued
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "L'Hipermestra" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1658. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/78d58890-9b04-0130-258a-58d385a7bbd0

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "L'Hipermestra" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 21, 2024. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/78d58890-9b04-0130-258a-58d385a7bbd0

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1658). L'Hipermestra Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/78d58890-9b04-0130-258a-58d385a7bbd0

Wikipedia Citation

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