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Les amours des dieux : ballet heroique

Description: Mouret’s Les amours des dieux is classified as a ballet-heroïque, a type of opéra-ballet that was popular during the first half of the eighteenth century. Although the term ballet-heroïque suggests the prevalence of dance, drawing on the divertissement tradition, singing and acting are also integral parts of this genre. What distinguishes the opéra-ballet from the tragedie en musique is the use of separate plots for each entrée (comparable to an act). The segments are not entirely independent, however, in that there is typically a central, overarching idea.
Date: 1727
Creator: Mouret, Jean Joseph, 1682-1738
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Hospicio de San Fernando

Description: Total view of central façade with lavish, sculpted portal
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Date: 1722/1729
Creator: RIBERA, Pedro de (Follower of Churriguera)
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Hospicio de San Fernando

Description: Closer view of lavish, sculpted portal
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Date: 1722/1729
Creator: RIBERA, Pedro de (Follower of Churriguera)
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Hospicio de San Fernando

Description: Raking view of lavish portal
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Date: 1722/1729
Creator: RIBERA, Pedro de (Follower of Churriguera)
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Hospicio de San Fernando

Description: Detail view of statue of San Fernando (Juan Ron) above portal
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Date: 1722/1729
Creator: Ribera, Pedro de (Follower of Churriguera)
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Self Portrait

Description: No Description Available.
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Date: 1720~
Creator: FRATELLINI, Giovanna
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Self Portrait

Description: bust detail
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Date: 1720~
Creator: FRATELLINI, Giovanna
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Le voyage de Cythere

Description: This secular cantata for soprano and basso continuo features obbligato flute and violin. The introductory letter addresses not a royal patron but a commercial one - the women that would sing this cantata.
Date: 1727
Creator: Villeneuve, Alexandre de, 1677-1756
Partner: UNT Music Library

L'Amerique meridionale: Dressée sur les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences & quelques autres, & sur les Memoires les Plus recens

Description: Hand-drawn color map of South America in 1708. Countries are shaded in different colors and some paths are marked in color. Bodies of water and geographic features are noted, with relief shown pictorially.
Date: 1722
Creator: L'Isle, Guillaume de, 1675-1726
Partner: UNT Libraries Rare Book and Texana Collections

Persée : tragedie

Description: King Louis XIV's involvement in campaigns against the Dutch/Swedish alliance in early 1682 prevented him from attending the premiere of Persée in April of that year. As was customary in the operas of composer Jean-Baptiste Lully and librettist Philippe Quinault, the prologue included references to current battlefield exploits and portrayed the king as a paragon of virtue. The prologues of previous Lully operas emphasized glory and prowess over virtue; the change in emphasis in Persée may have resulted from the increased influence of Madame de Maintenon (the king's new mistress) in the court and her pension for decorum.
Date: 1722
Creator: Lully, Jean Baptiste, 1632-1687 & Quinault, Philippe, 1635-1688
Partner: UNT Music Library

Atys : tragedie mise en musique

Description: Atys, which premiered on 10 January 1676, is the first of the tragédies lyriques of Jean-Baptiste Lully and Philippe Quinault to have a tragic ending. As the Prologue indicates, the tragedie itself is a divertissement to ease the king's mind of his impending duties. Joyce Newman, in Jean-Baptiste de Lully and his Tragédie Lyriques, summarizes the message of the story in this way: "In [Atys], Quinault shows how actions which are not in accord with the noble ideal will bring defeat and punishment. Not only is love in opposition to glory in this opera, but also it is shown that if love is place more highly than honor, it will bring unhappiness even to one of the immortals."
Date: 1720
Creator: Lully, Jean Baptiste, 1632-1687 & Quinault, Philippe, 1635-1688
Partner: UNT Music Library