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Venus jalouse
Aveline, Pierre, le vieux, 1654-1722 (Engraver)
Torelli, Giacomo, 1608-1678 (Artist)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1680 - 1689 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
La Décoration du Palais de Mercure du 2e Acte de l'Opera de Venus Jalouse / representé et inventé par Iaques Torelli de Fano en Italie, et grave par Aveline avec privilege du Roy -- Le Grand Cabinet des Lauriers, dans les Jardins du Roy de l'Isle de Naxos; c'est la derniere Decoration du tro[isième?] acte, et de tout l'Opera de Venus Ialouse representé a Venise / inuenté par Jacques Torellj de Fano en Italie, et gravé par Aveline, a Paris.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Ave P Ven 2-3
Sacrati, Francesco -- Venere gelosa
Opera -- Italy -- 17th century
Title devised by cataloger.
Funding: Purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Acquisition: Purchase; Colette Mas, 2010.
Biographical/historical: La Venere gelosa, also called Venus jalouse or Jealous Venus (music, Francesco Sacrati; libretto, Niccolo Enea Bartolini) was first presented in Venice in 1643. Its plot derives from a little-known ancient myth in which the goddess Venus, who is about to be married to Bacchus, grows jealous of a mortal woman he fancies, and banishes her to the underworld. Its stage designs were created by Giacomo Torelli, whose technical innovations earned him fame as the great magician of the stage.
Biographical/historical: Pierre Aveline, a printmaker, publisher, and print vendor, engraved views of Paris and other cities. In 1685 he obtained a royal license that allowed him to publish his images of royal buildings, among them Versailles.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 prints : engraving, b&w ; 21 x 32 cm., on mount 24 x 35 cm.
Two set designs for the opera La Venere gelosa. One depicts the palace of the Roman god Mercury, the messenger of the gods, in Act II of the opera. The god himself, recognizable by his winged helmet and feet, and the caduceus (a staff entwined with two serpents) he carries, hovers aloft before a funneling cloud. Five male figures wearing plumed headdresses stand in the foreground. Another design depicts a scene from Act III, the interior of a foliage-covered pavilion in a garden. Six figures of adults, and two children, appear at center. Fountains play on either side of them, one surmounted by the statue of a man with a lyre, possibly Apollo or Orpheus, the other by a cadeuceus-wielding statue of Mercury.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825122338
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759018
NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 16.14.046
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 8ad1a880-b19d-0133-62fd-00505686a51c
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Item timeline of events

  • 1654: Creator Born
  • 1680: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1722: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Venus jalouse" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1680 - 1689.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Venus jalouse" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 21, 2020.

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Venus jalouse