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

Giuseppe Galli Bibiena, Architectures and perspectives dedicated to Charles VI of Habsburg

Architectures and perspectives dedicated to Charles VI of Habsburg

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.

February 16, 2015