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500 Years of Italian Dance: Treasures from the Cia Fornaroli Collection

Hundreds of images from the Cia Fornaroli Collection illustrate the rich history of Italian dance. The collection includes designs, lithographs, ephemera, and more.

Collection Contents

Sofia Fuoco nella Tarantella. Digital ID: 1515952 Niccolo Sanesi, 1818-1889. Sofia Fuoco nella Tarantella. (ca. 185-) Digital ID: 1515952

Collection History

500 Years of Italian Dance: Treasures from the Cia Fornaroli Collection pays tribute both to the rich history of Italian dance and to the remarkable Cia Fornaroli Collection, a jewel of the Library's Jerome Robbins Dance Division. Assembled by Walter Toscanini, son of the famed Italian conductor, and his wife the La Scala ballerina Cia Fornaroli, the collection documents the full sweep of Italian dance history from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.

Background

The Cia Fornaroli Collection is huge and multifaceted, with more than 3,300 rare books, and tens of thousands of libretti, scores, manuscripts, prints, photographs, clippings, and playbills. It encompasses some of the earliest writings on dance, including one of the very first Renaissance dance manuals, scores of books, letters, programs, and literally hundreds of designs, photographs, lithographs, and ephemera. It also includes Toscanini's personal research materials and manuscripts, as well as an important collection of memorabilia documenting the career of his ballerina-wife.

This digital presentation is based on the exhibition, "500 Years of Italian Dance: Treasures from the Cia Fornaroli Collection," curated by writer and Barnard College dance historian Lynn Garafola, with Italian dance scholar Patrizia Veroli, after a project conceived by Jose Sasportes and Patrizia Veroli. The exhibition was presented October 17, 2006 - January 20, 2007, in the Vincent Astor Gallery of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Related Resources

NYPL. "500 Years of Italian Dance: Treasures from the Cia Fornaroli Collection." (Online Exhibit). 2007. <http://www.nypl.org/research/lpa/italiandance/>

_____. "500 Years of Italian Dance: Treasures from the Cia Fornaroli Collection." (Press Release). 2006. <http://www.nypl.org/research/calendar/exhib/lpa/lpaexhibdesc.cfm?id=426>

_____. Exhibition Bibliography (English) for "500 Years of Italian Dance: Treasures from the Cia Fornaroli Collection." <http://www.nypl.org/research/lpa/italiandance/Bibliographyeng.html>

_____. Exhibition Bibliography (Italian), "500 Years of Italian Dance: Treasures from the Cia Fornaroli Collection." <http://www.nypl.org/research/lpa/italiandance/Bibliographyit.html>

Library Division(s)

NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the vast collections of The New York Public Library, including drawings, illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.