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.
Scene from the theatrical performance on the occasion of the nuptials of the Prince Elector of Bavaria
Architectural capriccio: an elaborately decorated palace interior with figures banqueting
Scene from the theatrical performance on occasion of the nuptials of the Royal Prince of Poland, Elector of Saxony
Royal funereal monument and catafalque
Magnificent atrium with grand staircase
Draft for the stage design of "Didone abbandonata" by Pietro Metastasio
Scene showing Christ being led to the place where he was crucified
Set for the dramma per musica "Constancy and Strength" by Johann Joseph Fux
Large garden with Baroque Neptune fountain