Nicola Sabbattini

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Pratica di Fabricar Scene e Machine ne' Teatri [Manual for Constructing Theatrical Scenes and Machines], Ravenna, 1638. Translation by John McDowell is published in The Renaissance Stage (ed. Barnard Hewitt)

  • Book I
    • #37 How The Front Curtain Is Raised
    • #38 How To Place the Lights Outside The Stage
    • #38 How To Place The Lights Outside The Stage
    • #39 How To Place The Lamps Within The Scene
    • #41 How To Light The Lamps
  • Book II
    • #1 Concerning The Disappearance And Changing Of The Scenes
    • #2 What Is To Be Done With The Two Houses Nearest The Stage Front
    • #3 How To Treat The Stage Front
    • #4 How To Cover The Rest Of The Scenes So As To Make Them Changeable According To The First Method
    • #5 How To Change The Scenes By The First Method [cloth cover]
    • #6 How To Change The Scenes By The Second Method [sliding Serlian wings]
    • #7 How To Change The Scenes By The Third Method [periactoi]
    • #8 How to Increase The Stage Space When Scenes Disappear
    • #9 How To Lessen The Stage Space During The Change Of Scene.
    • #10 How To Stage The Total Destruction Of The Scene
    • #11 How To Show The Whole Scene In Flames
    • #12 How To Darken The Whole Scene In A Moment
    • #13 How To Open The Back Shutter [Shutter slides in grooves]
    • #14 The Second Method Of Opening The Back Shutter [hinged shutters opening like French doors]
    • #15 The Third Method Of Opening The Back Shutter [wheels on shutters]
    • #16 The Fourth Method Of Opening The Back Shutter [fly the shutter]
    • #17 How To Open And Close The Stage Traps
    • #18 How To Bring Men From The Stage Trap Quickly By The First Method [ladder]
    • #19 The Second Method [to bring men from the trap to the stage] [lift platform]
    • #20 The Third Method [to bring men from the trap to the stage] [lever]
    • #21 The Fourth Method [to bring men from the trap to the stage] [mask with actors]
    • #22 How To Make A Hell Appear
    • #23 Another Method Of Showing A Hell
    • #24 How To Make Mountains And Other Objects Rise From Under The Stage
    • #25 How To Transform A Man Into A Rock Or A Similar Object
    • #26 How To Transform Rocks Or Stones Into Men
    • #27 First Method Of Showing A Sea [sea cloth]
    • #28 Second Method Of Showing A Sea [profile waves]
    • #29 Third Method Of Showing A Sea [serpentine column]
    • #30 How TO Make The Sea Rise, Swell, Get Tempestuous And Change Color [serpentine columns plus profile waves]
    • #31 How To Make Ships Or Galleys Or Other Vessels Seem To Move Over The Sea
    • #32 How To Make Ships, Galleys And Other Vessels Move Across The Sea By Sail Or Oar, Turn And Move Back.
    • #33 How To Make A Ship Or Other Vessel Appear To Anchor In The Middle Of The Sea
    • #34 How To Make Dolphins And Other Marine Monsters Appear To Spout Water While They Swim
    • #35 How To Represent A River That Seems To Flow Constantly
    • #36 How To Make A Fountain That Seems To Throw Forth Water Continually
    • #37 How To Make The Heavens In Sections
    • #38 How To Make Part Of The Heavens Grow Slowly Clouded
    • #39 How To Cover The Heavens With Clouds Instantaneously [sliding frames]
    • #40 Another Method Of Covering The Heavens With Clouds Instantaneously [cloth cover]
    • #41 How To Make A Rainbow Or Arch Appear In The Sky
    • #42 How To Cover Part Of The Heavens With Clouds, Starting With A Small Cloud Which Becomes Increasingly Larger And Changes In Color
    • #43 Another Method For Making A Cloud Descend With One Or More Persons In It.
    • #44 Another Method For Making A Cloud Descend With One Or More Persons In It
    • #45 How To Lower A Cloud With Persons In It From The Rear Of The Heavens Forward To The Center Of The Stage
    • #46 How To Represent A Cloud hat Increases In Size As It Descends
    • #47 How To Make A Cloud Move Across The Stage (sliding beam]
    • #48 A Second Method To Move A Cloud Across The Stage [pivoting beam]
    • #49 How To Make A Cloud Divide Into Three Parts As It Is Lowered And Become One As t Is Raised
    • #50 How To Lower A Person On to the Stage Without Using A Cloud, So That He May Immediately Walk And Dance
    • #51 How To Imitate The Wind
    • #52 How To Imitate Lightning
    • #53 How To Imitate Thunder
    • #54 How To Make A Paradise
    • #55 How To Make Dawn Rise
    • #56 How To Make A Ghost Or Apparition Appear And Disappear Rapidly In Various Places On The Stage

the development of scenice spectacle

Grants

usittThis material is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Initiatives Fund, United States Institute for Theatre Technology and by grants from the University Research Council, Cratis D. Williams Graduate School, Appalachian State University.

Contact

Dr. Frank Mohler
Department of Theatre & Dance
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608
mohlerfc@appstate.edu

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