Iconographic Collection

Tempio di Vulcano, set design by Girolamo Magnani for Aida, 1872

The archive’s iconographic collection is from the 19th and 20th centuries. The archive has about 600 original stage designs, mostly from the premieres of the respective works, starting with the designs for Verdi’s Attila by Giuseppe Bertoja up to Nicola Benois’s designs for Respighi’s La Fiamma from the 1930s. The technique is usually tempera painting, but there are also designs in oils, or made as collages. For some operas there are different variations, such as for Puccini’s Tosca and La bohème, depending on the size of the intended theater. Secondly, the picture collection consists of a collection of thousands of individual costume designs, most of them created by famous designers. It begins with the figurines for Verdi’s Il Corsaro (1848) and comprises more than 1.200 designs by Alfredo Edel, including for Verdi’s operas Il Trovatore, Don Carlos and Otello and Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell. There are more than 700 items by Adolf Hohenstein. The costume designs are often accompanied by instructions for the dressmakers on the back, and by fabric and color patterns, for the Italian operas, but also for foreign-language works from abroad, for example in Cyrillic script for Una vita per lo Zar by Mikhail Glinka, and models for the operas of Wagner, by Franz Gaul. Thirdly, the “tavole di attrezzeria”, drawn summaries of props and stage furniture, of which about 500 are preserved in the archive, should be mentioned.

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, costume design by Attilio Comelli, 1904
Il carillon magico by Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, costume design by Umberto Brunelleschi, 191
Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, costume design by Umberto Brunelleschi, 1926
Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi, costume design by Adolf Hohenstein, 1893
Il favorito del re by Franco Vittadini, costume design by Titina Rota, 1932
La figlia di Iorio by Alberto Franchetti, costume designs by Adolfo De Karolis, 1906
La tempesta by Felice Lattuada, costume design Caramba, 1922
Conchita by Riccardo Zandonai, costume design by Giuseppe Palanti, 1911
Il ragno azzurro by Alberto Randegger, costume design by Aroldo Bonzagni, 1916
Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi, set design by Carlo Ferrario, 1886
Rienzi by Richard Wagner, costume design by Franz Gaul, 1872
Anima allegra by Franco Vittadini, costume design by Marco Montedoro, 1921
Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi, costume design by Alfredo Edel, 1884
Una vita per lo Czar by Mikhail Ivanovic Glinka, costume design by anonymous, 1874
Il corsaro by Giuseppe Verdi, costume design by Damore, 1848
Il trillo del diavolo by Stanislao Falchi, costume design by Alfredo Edel, 1899
Il favorito del re by Antonio Veretti, costume design by Titina Rota, 1932
Nerone by Arrigo Boito, costume design by Lodovico Pogliaghi, 1924
Nerone by Arrigo Boito, prop design by Lodovico Pogliaghi, 1924
 
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