Folio of various decorations for La Scala in Milan, Lombardy. Alessandro Sanquirico, creator, with the bindings attributable to Thovenin. Living from 1777 to 1849, Sanquirico was an Italian scenic designer who designed over 300 productions for La Scala. All of these taken from a current Sotheby’s catalogue.





Set design depicting the eruption of Vesuvius, the climactic scene of Giovanni Pacini’s opera, “L’ultimo giorno di Pompei.” Design by Allesandro Sanquirico for the 1827 La Scala production.Italian. Description taken from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eruption_of_Vesuvius_from_Pacini%27s_opera_L%27ultimo_giorno_di_Pompei.jpg. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/livres-et-manuscrits/raccolta-di-varie-decorazioni-per-la-scala-c-1830
Design by Sanquirico depicting the “Garden of the palace of Minos on the island of Crete,” danced by Salvatore Viganò in the 1818 carnival in connection with Maria Luisa, duchess of Parma who had previously been married to Napoleon. 1818. Italian. Description details taken from https://www.jstor.org/stable/742589 and here https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-0cee-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/livres-et-manuscrits/raccolta-di-varie-decorazioni-per-la-scala-c-1830
“Interior of a Greenhouse.” Published in 1832. Scene concept by Sanquirico for a production at La Scala in Milan. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/livres-et-manuscrits/raccolta-di-varie-decorazioni-per-la-scala-c-1830
‘Council chamber of the royal palace.” Published in 1832. Stage design by Alessandro Sanquirico for a production at LaScala in Milan. Image © 2021 Sotheby’s. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/livres-et-manuscrits/raccolta-di-varie-decorazioni-per-la-scala-c-1830

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