19 November 2003
RÈ, Vincenzo dal (artist, d.1762) -- Narrazione delle solenni Reali feste fatte celebrare in Napoli da sua Maesta il Re delle Due Sicilie Carlo Infante di Spagna per la nascita del suo primogenito Filippo Real Principe delle Due Sicilie. Naples: [Stamperia Reale], 1749.
Broadsheet (570 x 415mm). Title with engraved vignette, frontispiece, 15 plates by Giuseppe Vasi, Nicolas-Henri Jardin, Angelo Guiducci, Felice Polanzani and Luigi le Lorrain after Rè (comprising 3 double-page plans, 10 double-page plates and 2 folding plates), one headpiece and one initial. (Some browning and spotting, plates numbered X and XV with repaired tears affecting the plate area.) Contemporary Italian mottled sheep, spine gilt (small neat repairs to head and foot of spine).
A FINELY ILLUSTRATED RECORD, WITH PLATES AFTER THE DESIGNS OF Rè, 'undoubtedly the most brilliant scene designer of the eighteenth century in southern Italy' (D. Oenslager. Stage Design p.81). The present work shows the initial plans and the two-week festivities celebrating the birth, on 13 June 1747, of Prince Philip, heir to Charles IV, king of the two Sicilies and later Charles III of Spain. The interior of the recently completed Teatro San Carlo was transformed into both a concert hall and a ballroom for the celebrations. Rè's designs record these temporary alterations, as well as the firework 'macchina', the decoration of the Castello Nuovo and the Palazzo Reale where a 'festa da ballo' was performed. Berlin Kat. 3078; Lipperheide Si48; Vinet 604.
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