Antonio Basoli. Design for a theatre set. 1821
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Directory: Fine Art: Prints: Engravings: Pre 1837 VR: item # 1218775
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A magnificent and rare large scale aquatint engraving by Antonio Basoli, a design for the stage, "Antica Reggia Asiatica", from his “Collezione di Varie Scene Teatrali" of 1821. It shows the interior of an ancient Asiatic royal palace.
Antonio Basoli (1774–1848) was a leading figure of Italian neo-classical art. He was a painter, engraver, theatre set designer, interior designer, and professor at the “Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna". He was interested in and very influenced by the art of the classical world. He produced set designs for the Marsigli Rossi Theatre, the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and the Theatre Contavalli, and decorated several palaces in and around Bologna, among them the Palazzo Rosselli del Turco, the Palazzo Sanguinetti, the Palazzo Hercolani, the villa Marescalchi, and the Palazzo Baciocchi. Despite offers of lucrative work elsewhere, he chose to stay in Bologna for most of his life, even refusing a commission from the tsar in St. Petersburg. He produced “Collezione di Varie Scene Teatrali" in 1821. The prints were made by his brothers, Luigi and Francesco Basoli, and by Luigi Martinelli. The manuscript of Basoli’s unpublished memoirs is in the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna.
A copy of this print is in the prints collection at the Villa Reale (Royal Villa) of Monza.
The condition is good. There is some foxing in the margins, but not affecting the image.
This is a genuine antique print, nearly 200 years old. It is not a reproduction.
Please note that the digital watermark on the photograph here is NOT on the original print.
Artist: : Antonio Basoli (Italian 1774–1848)
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