Dancing Statues and the Myth of Venice: Ancient Sculpture on the Opera Stage

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTheatricality in Early Modern Art and Architecture
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781444339024
StatePublished - Apr 20 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Amphyon, building an entire city with his lyre - his gifts as a statue, equally if not more impressive
  • Dancing statues and myth of Venice - ancient sculpture on opera stage
  • Francesco Cavalli's Mutio Scevola (1665) - with libretto by Nicolò Minato, dancing statues linked to a kind of musical language, the prophetic voice
  • Museum, as theatre and problem of managing collection - on stage, of concern to Vincenzo Scamozzi
  • Notions, about inner life of statues - intersection between singing and the plastic arts, final scene in Bissari's libretto for Francesco Cavalli's opera La Torilda
  • Statue, of the famed Theban musician Amphyon - building the walls of Thebes, by animating stones with his lyre
  • The Grimani and their statues on operatic stage - Grimani's gift at the Biblioteca San Marco
  • Tradition, viewing art collection as service to the state - by Cardinal Giovanni Grimani (1506-93), a Patriarch of Aquilea
  • Use of dancing statues in La Torilda - illogical affinities, theatre, music and plastic arts in Marino's poem of Baroque opera
  • Venice's public statuary and the Grimani Family - patrician families, collection of antiquities, a social status and erudition


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