Giuseppe Galli da Bibbiena, an Italian set designer at Vienna’s imperial court

Giuseppe Galli da Bibbiena (Parma, 1696–1756) came from an important family of architects, painters, and set designers from Bibbiena, a Tuscan town now in the province of Arezzo.

The second-born of Ferdinando Galli da Bibbiena, Giuseppe traveled across the House of Habsburg’s dominion and all over Europe: Turin, Venice, Bologna, Barcelona, Munich, Prague, Dresden, Bayreuth, Graz, Berlin… He created sets, stage set-ups, and decorated party venues, especially for the imperial court in Vienna, where he was nominated “chief theatrical engineer” in 1727.

His legacy is an extensive collection of drawings and engravings, of which we are happy to share a selection here.

Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, Scene from the theatrical performance on the occasion of the nuptials of the Prince Elector of Bavaria

Scene from the theatrical performance on the occasion of the nuptials of the Prince Elector of Bavaria

Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, A capriccio of an elaborately decorated palace interior with figures banqueting

Architectural capriccio: an elaborately decorated palace interior with figures banqueting

Giuseppe Galli Bibiena Palcoscenico, Stage

Stage

Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, Scene from the theatrical performance on occasion of the nuptials of the Royal Prince of Poland, Elector of Saxony

Scene from the theatrical performance on occasion of the nuptials of the Royal Prince of Poland, Elector of Saxony

Giuseppe Galli Bibiena Scena d'invenzione - Imaginary scene

Imaginary scene

Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, Royal funereal monument and catafalque

Royal funereal monument and catafalque

Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, Atrio magnifico - Magnificent atrium

Magnificent atrium

Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, Magnificent atrium with grand staircase

Magnificent atrium with grand staircase

Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, Draft for the stage design of "Didone abbandonata" by Pietro Metastasio

Draft for the stage design of "Didone abbandonata" by Pietro Metastasio

Scene showing Christ being led to the place where he was crucified

Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, Set for the dramma per musica "Constancy and Strength" by Johann Joseph Fux

Set for the dramma per musica "Constancy and Strength" by Johann Joseph Fux

Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, Large garden with Baroque Neptune fountain

Large garden with Baroque Neptune fountain

Garden Setting

Garden Setting

Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, Capriccio architettonico - Architectural capriccio

Architectural capriccio

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