The hellmouth, set design from 'Il Pomo D'Oro'

Mathäus Küsel German
after Ludovico Ottaviano Burnacini Italian

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The eighth of the twenty-three stage sets designed by Lodovico Burnacini for 'Il Pomo D'Oro, Festa Teatrale Rappresentata in Vienna Per L'Augustissime Nozze Delle Sacre Cesaree E Reali Maestà Di Leopoldo E Margherita', an opera celebrating the wedding of Emperor Leopold I and Margarita Teresa of Spain in 1666. Composed by Antonio Cesti with a libretto by Francesco Sbarra, it was first performed in July 1668 at the Theater auf der Cortina—also designed by Burnacini.
This stage design shows demons flying in front of an enormous monster, whose mouth opens onto a scene of the underworld. The ferryman Charon can be seen rowing his boat along the River Styx, while a city burns in the distance.

The hellmouth, set design from 'Il Pomo D'Oro', Mathäus Küsel (German, 1621–1682), Etching and engraving

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