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Il pomo d'oro: [Act I, scene xi]
Küsel, Matthäus, 1629-1681 (Etcher)
Burnacini, Lodovico Ottavio, 1636-1707 (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: 1668
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFY Kus M Pom 1
Cesti, Antonio, 1623-1669. Pomo d'oro
Opera -- 17th century
Statement of responsibility: Lodouico Burnacini in. et del. ; Matthæus Küsel sculp.
Funding: Purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Acquisition: Purchase; J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians, Lloyd Harbor, New York, 2011.
Biographical/historical: Il pomo d'oro (music, Antonio Cesti; libretto, Francesco Sbarra; scenery, Lodovico Burnacini) was a "festa theatrale" commissioned to celebrate the wedding of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I to the Infanta Margherita of Spain in Vienna in 1666. Its performance was postponed because of Margherita's delayed arrival, and because the opera house had not been completed. Performed on July 12 and 14, 1668 at the Hoftheater auf der Cortina in Vienna, it consisted of a prologue and five acts, and ran for more than eight hours. It had more than twenty sets, designed by Burnacini and engraved by Matthäus Küsel for publication in various editions of the libretto. The opera's plot took as its departure point the myth of the judgment of Paris, greatly expanded with many additional scenes and characters. Called the epitome of Baroque opera, it combined theatrical spectacle with an expanded orchestra, numerous ballet scenes, and both comic and serious elements.
Biographical/historical: Lodovico Burnacini was an Italian-born theatre architect and stage designer, active in Austria. His sets for Il pomo d'oro, which required sophisticated and innovative theatrical technology, have been called the apogee of Baroque stage design.
Biographical/historical: Matthäus Küsel was a member of a German family of engravers. Active in Vienna and Munich, he was appointed engraver to the imperial court. His illustrations for Il pomo d'oro are considered among his most notable achievements.
Biographical/historical: This print was probably published as part of the second edition of the libretto of Il pomo d'oro, published in Vienna by Appresso Matteo Cosmerovio in 1668. It reverses and enlarges the image published by the same printer in the first edition of 1667.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : etching, black and white ;33 x 49 cm., image 25 x 43 cm.
Scene from the Baroque opera Il pomo d'oro, depicting Act I, scene xi, a courtyard in Paris's palace. Paris stands at center stage, flanked by six other men, in an elaborate setting comprising multiple pillars supported by caryatids. In the clouds above him are the three goddesses who have asked him to award the golden apple to the most beautiful among them: Pallas Athena at left, wearing armor and carrying a spear; Juno at center, against a palatial background of caryatids and arches; and Venus at right, borne aloft by putti.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825069060
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758160
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1598f9c0-0108-0135-ae50-0b2cd5a620ef
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Item timeline of events

  • 1629: Creator Born
  • 1668: Issued
  • 1681: Creator Died
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

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Il pomo d'oro