This Italian-style stage set is the oldest in the world. It was created in 1754 for the Palace of Fontainebleau, for a performance of Theseus, a lyric tragedy by Quinault that was put to music by Lully. It has been so well preserved primarily because it was used fairly often, thanks mainly to the success of the opera during the Ancien Régime, but also because it was reused for other shows. In 1846, it was transferred to the Queen's Theatre at Petit Trianon to enhance the background of a classical stage set. The Temple of Minerva stage set was used quite regularly until the beginning of the 20th century, and has been preserved as it was in the 18th century.
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Dimensions : 10 x 16 cm
Pages : 56
Material : Papier vélin 80g
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