Flying Machines

Later Illusionistic (17th Century)

Palatina Manuscript Flying Machine

Manuscript 3708 at the Biblioteca Palatina includes a drawing that shows several flying machines that may be placed anywhere onstage and do not require masking the apparatus with clouds. One of the devices consists of a sled with a graduated shaft that can be pulled across the overhead beam of the theatre.

Palatina MS Mercury Flying Machine

the development of scenice spectacle


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.


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

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