Carlo Galli Bibiena
Palace Interior with Tritons and Mirrored Gallery, a Design for the Stage
Pen and brown ink and black wash, over black chalk, on paper.
13 5/8 x 15 inches (346 x 381 mm)
Gift of Jules Fisher.
While the best-known Bibiena sets evoke the courtyards of majestic Baroque palaces, the artists also followed contemporary architectural trends. This design suggests a grand Parisian hotel interior, with a unified arrangement of chairs, side tables, and pier mirrors in a room decorated with paintings of gods and goddesses. The sheet may have been executed when Carlo Bibiena was assisting his father, Giuseppe Bibiena, at the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth around 1750.
Fisher, Jules, former owner.