La Scala

400 Years of Stage Design from the Museo Teatrale alla Scala, Milan

September 11 – October 17, 1971

West Building Ground Floor

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: 227 items including drawings and color sketches for stage designs, model stage sets, costume designs, playbills, and posters, dating from the 16th to the early 20th century, were on loan from the Museo Teatrale alla Scala in Milan. These materials had never before been seen in the United States. They reflected the evolution of Italian theater design, from the baroque, rococo, neoclassic, and romantic periods to art nouveau.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the International Exhibitions Foundation to coincide with the opening of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. William J. Williams and Gaillard Ravenel coordinated and edited the National Gallery exhibition.

Image: Installation view of La Scala: 400 Years of Stage Design from the Museo Teatrale alla Scala, Milan, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives

Attendance: 40,847

Catalog: La Scala: 400 Years of Stage Design from the Museo Teatrale alla Scala, Milan, by Mario Monteverdi. Washington, DC: International Exhibitions Foundation, 1971.

Other Venues:
Detroit Institute of Arts
Indianapolis Museum of Art
University Art Museum, Austin, Texas