Artist: Guiseppe Boano Italian (1872-1938)
Title: Theatre Royal de Turin
Plate: PL. 192
Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series.
Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1899.
Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Maitre Sheet Size: approx 11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in 29 cm x 40 cm
"As Vittorio notes in the Modern Poster: 'In Italy in the last century operas were the beneficiaries of poster advertising. They were usually ornamented with rococo decoration and sometimes engravings representing the principal characters.'
Furthermore it is by means of the opera poster that we can follow the evolution of the beginnings of advertising art in Italy…While the artistic poster was dying in France, in Italy new talents, 'like strong children who have suckled good milk and then overpowered their nurses' (as Crauzat exclaims a little emphatically in L'Estampe et L'Affiche), surpassed their Parisian masters" (Weill, p.84)
Boano's poster for Torino's Royal Theatre (opera house) of a bare shouldered young lady passionately playing a wonderfully ornate harp is set against a stylized background. His subtle colouring and style embodies the Italian temperament.
The Teatro Regio (Royal Theatre)
is a prominent opera house and opera company in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. Its season runs from October to June with the presentation of eight or nine operas given from five to twelve performances of each.
Several buildings provided venues for operatic productions in Turin from the mid-16th century, but it was not until 1713 that a proper opera house was considered, and under the architect Filippo Juvarra planning began. However, the cornerstone was not laid until the reign of Charles Emmanuel III in 1738 after Juvarra's death. The work was supervised by Benedetto Alfieri until the theatre was completed and decorated by Bernardino Galliari.