The Interior of a Theatre

Possibly a project for a theatre rather than a view of one actually in existence. The proscenium arch is decorated with various statues and two historiated reliefs of Apollo flaying Marsyas and Pan pursuing Syrinx. The performance has sometimes been identified as Othello.

Formerly attributed to the School of Bibiena - the stage setting may well derive loosely from Bibiena-style designs. There is no very firm indication of date, but the costumes of the foreground figures seem to suggest the first half of the century.

Key facts

Full title
The Interior of a Theatre
Date made
probably 1700-50
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
104.8 x 112.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery