Zéphir et l'Amour dans La Fonti. Théâtre Imperial de l'OpéraAdditional title: Richard Park Beard collection
NamesLacauchie, Alexandre (Printmaker)Beard, Richard (Collector)Godard, Pierre François, 1797-1864 (Printer of plates)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1855Place: ParisPublisher: Maison Martinet
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Lac A Zep 1
TopicsFonti (Choreographic work : Mazilier)Eros (Greek deity)Cupid (Roman deity)Zephyrus (Greek deity)
NotesStatement of responsibility: A.L.Initialed on stone.Caption title.Statement of responsibility: Lith. Godard.Acquisition: Gift; Robert James Wood II, 2010.Biographical/historical: La Fonti (choreography, Joseph Mazilier; music, Théodore Labarre), a ballet-pantomime inspired by the real-life ballerina Amalia Fonti, was first presented at the Théâtre Imperial de l'Opéra, Paris, in 1855. The characters Zéphir and l'Amour, whose performers are not named in the ballet's published scenario, appeared in the second act ballet-within-a-ballet, in which the goddess Flore invokes Eros in an effort to capture the heart of the notoriously fickle Zéphir.Biographical/historical: Alexandre Lacauchie was a French painter, engraver, and lithographer active in the mid-19th century. His numerous prints capture lively images of the dancers, actors, and singers of his time.Biographical/historical: The printing and publishing house of Maison Martinet was founded in 1796 by Aaron Martinet, 1762-1841, who became well-known for publishing satirical prints. The series Galerie dramatique was published by Maison Martinet in ten volumes between 1844 and 1870.Biographical/historical: Richard Park Beard, 1925-2009, the former owner of this print, made his debut as a professional dancer with Ballet International in 1944, and subsequently danced with Ballet Theatre, Ballet Society, and the New York City Ballet. He also danced and choreographed for television and nightclub shows.Forms part of the Richard Park Beard collection. Graphics.
Physical DescriptionLithographsExtent: 1 print : lithograph, hand-colored ; 26 x 18 cm.
DescriptionDepiction of two female dancers costumed for Joseph Mazilier's ballet La Fonti. Zéphir (representing Zephyrus, the personification of the west wind), at left, wears small wings on her back. L'Amour (Eros or Cupid), at right, also wears wings and carries the god's obligatory bow and arrows. On her head is a crescent moon, usually an attribute of the goddess Artemis or Diana.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825121935NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759016Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1509ebe0-88fa-0134-b1b8-00505686a51c
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