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German, 17th century, male.

Active in Innsbruck.

Draughtsman.

He designed stage sets in Innsbruck.

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Engraver (etching).

A page in the service of Cardinal Carlo di Toscano, he produced several etchings for Ipermnestra, an 'entertainment' staged in Florence in 1658.

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Born in Brescia.

Painter. Decorative artist.

Arighini spent thirty years as a theatre set designer in the service of Duke Georg Wilhelm of Brunswick. In 1676, he was entrusted with the supervision of construction at the Duke's new castle in Celle....

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Alfonso Rodríguez Ceballos

Italian painter, draughtsman, engineer and stage designer, active also in central Europe and Spain . He was a pupil of Giovanni Bilivert from 1612 to 1620 and studied with Giulio Parigi. In 1622 he went to Vienna as assistant to Giovanni Pieroni da Galliano and thence to Prague, where he decorated the chapel (...

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W. Georg Rizzi

Italian architect, decorative artist, stage designer and painter, active also in Austria. He trained as a quadratura painter in Bologna, where he was a pupil of Giovanni Gioseffo dal Sole. He was recorded as working as a figure and quadratura painter in Vienna for Prince Montecuccoli in ...

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Italian, 17th – 18th century, male.

Born 18 August 1657, in Bologna; died 3 January 1743, in Bologna.

Painter, draughtsman, decorative designer, architect. Architectural views, church interiors, harbour scenes. Church decoration, stage sets.

Son of Giovanni Maria Galli, Ferdinando Bibiena studied alongside his father under Carlo Cignani and went on to work for the architect Troili (known as Paradosso) and for Mannini and Aldrovandini. His mentor Cignani recommended him to Duke Ranuccio Farnese in Parma, who appointed him first painter and architect to his court. He remained there under the Duke's successor Francesco, dividing the next 24 years of his life between Parma and Piacenza. His work includes the decoration of the Duke of Mirandola's Casino della Motta (in collaboration with his brother Francesco); two chapels in the Jesuit church in Reggio; a chapel in Parma, together with the façade and a chamber in the ducal palace; a chapel in the Palazzo Maggiore; and the Cappella Maggiore in the church of S Sepolcro. In Piacenza, he painted the oratory ceiling in the church of S Vincenzo, scenes for the convent of S Sisto, and cupolas for the Chiesa della Morte....

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Carola Wenzel

Italian architect and stage designer, active in Austria. He went to Vienna in 1651 as the apprentice of his father, Giovanni Burnacini (d 1655), the Venetian theatre architect who introduced to Vienna the system of stage design developed by Giovanni Battista Aleotti and who produced stage sets in the Florentine–Venetian style of Giulio and Alfonso Parigi and Giacomo Torelli. Lodovico Burnacini was his father’s assistant until the latter’s death and succeeded him in the office of theatre architect and imperial court engineer to Emperor ...

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Giuliana Ricci

Italian architect, stage designer and writer. He was the brother-in-law of Giacomo Francesco Motta, superintendent of the Teatro Grande in Mantua, whose surname he adopted and who probably assisted him in his youth. He began working at the court of Mantua as a painter c....

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Miles L. Chappell

Italian painter, draughtsman, architect and scenographer. He was one of the most influential artists in 17th-century Florence, reacting against the artificiality of Mannerism and introducing a new clarity and naturalism attuned to the Counter-Reformation to create a distinctively Florentine Baroque style. His architecture unites the fantasy of ...

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Born in Parma; died 12 November 1708.

Painter. Stage sets.

Son of Roberto Clerici the Elder, and father of Roberto Clerici the Younger. He was mainly active in Modena and Parma.

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Active in Parma at the end of the 17th century.

Died before 1698.

Painter. Stage sets.

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E. Feinblatt

Italian painter and stage designer. A specialist in illusionistic architectural settings, or quadratura, he trained with Cesare Baglione (c. 1550–1615). His dramatically lit settings, which display realistic and well-proportioned architecture, departed from Baglione’s Mannerist fantasy and established classical ceiling decoration in Bologna. His ...

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British, 17th century, male.

Active in London.

Painter. History painting.

John Freeman painted stage sets for London's Covent Garden theatre.

Paris (Louvre): five paintings (attributed)

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Active in Poland.

Born 1600, in Rome; died 3 May 1672, in Rome.

Sculptor. Portraits, animals. Medallions, stage sets.

School of Rome.

Giovanni Battista Gisleni was an architect by training. He worked particularly in Poland for King Sigismond III, King Ladislas IV and King Jan Casimir Wasa on stage sets, court festivities and funerals. His only artistic work in Rome, to where he returned in ...

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Italian architect, stage designer and musician, active in Poland. He arrived in Poland before 1632, being court architect first to King Sigismund III, then to Vladislav IV and John II Kazimir. Between 1643 and 1654 Gisleni was noted at the Polish court not only as a singer and composer but also as a director and designer of ephemeral decorations. His immense though mostly unrealized architectural and decorative oeuvre is chiefly known from three collections: the album ...

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(b Thiers, Puy-de-Dôme, c. 1624; d Paris, 16 April 1705). French writer and stage designer. He began his career as a stage designer for the actors at the Hôtel de Bourgogne, Paris. His first important work was Athènes ancienne et nouvelle (1675...

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Active in Ferrara.

Died 1644.

Painter, engraver, architect, engineer, poet. Stage sets.

Francesco Guitti worked for the city and for the duke. In 1638 he produced the plan for the decoration of the stage sets for the first Carnival, which he published with other plans, as engravings, under the title of ...

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Died 1665.

Painter, decorative designer.

Guizzardi worked in the palace of Turin and in the royal villas. He produced the plans for the stage sets at the royal theatre.

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German, 17th century, male.

Died 1699, in Dresden.

Painter, decorative designer, architect. Stage sets.

Kletzel was an architect as well as a painter of stage sets, which he designed and executed, aided only by apprentices.

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Italian, 17th century, male.

Born in Florence; died c. 1650, in Madrid.

Painter, draughtsman, architect. Stage sets.

Loti was painter to Philip IV of Spain, an architect and a designer. He provided the theatrical decoration for Lope de Vega's play, Forest of Love, and also worked for the Boboli Gardens in Florence....