Stage and Iconographic Prototypes in three Productions of the Fable of Andromeda and Perseus: Pio di Savoia, Corneille, and Calderón

January 2013
Anuario Calderoniano;2013, Vol. 1, p317
Academic Journal
The circulation of printed books and engravings containing the texts and the scenes for the staging of Perseus and Andromeda myth in XVII century's European theatres made possible the creation of stage and iconographic prototypes. Those prototypes were of common and recurrent use in spectacles describing the adventures of such characters. Playwrights and stage designers remade the plot, reusing some dramatic sketches and types of scenes coined at the end of the XVI century, which passed over to the next century on many European courts. Authors such as Pio di Savoia, Corneille and Calderón put on stage their particular interpretations of the myth in collaboration with the Italian stage designers Guitti, Torelli and Del Bianco, who designed the scenes and the machines gene-rating visual effects.


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