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Castello S Angelo Con La Girandola

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  • Title (object)

    • Castello S Angelo Con La Girandola
  • Description

    A broadside on the firework display called Girandola at the Castello Sant'Angelo in Rome; with an etching by Brambilla showing a nocturnal scene, in the background the castle, from three of its towers fireworks and smoke developing, in the middle ground the river Tiber and a bridge, in the foreground further fireworks and a crowd of spectators; with engraved title and text in one column. ([Rome], Duchetti: 1579)


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  • Date

    • 1579
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 505 millimetres
    • Width: 379 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed and dated in the plate.
  • Curator's comments

    For another, later impression of the same plate published by van Schoel, see BM Y.8-65. For other impressions of a related broadside, see BM 1862-10-11-585, 1870-10-8-2973 and 1947,0319.26(113).

    Since 1471, a firework display called the 'Girandola' was held at the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, the papal fortress (originally built as a mausoleum for the Roman Emperor Hadrian). The firework display was sponsored by the papacy and held when a new pope was elected or crowned, at Easter, and on 28 June (the eve of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul).

    Suzanne Boorsch: Fireworks! Four Centuries of Pyrotechnics in Prints and Drawings, exh. cat., New York, Metr.Mus., 2000


  • Bibliography

    • Huelsen 1921 127 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Broadsides Italian 1579 Imp)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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