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Photo, Print, Drawing Ciniselli Circus.

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Title

  • Ciniselli Circus.

Summary

  • The Ciniselli Circus (now the Bolshoi Saint Petersburg State Circus) opened on December 26, 1877. The first stone structure in Russia purpose-built for the circus, it was regarded by many as the most beautiful circus building in Europe. The building was designed by architect Vasily Kenel (1834--93), who also produced this watercolor, which has his signature in the lower right-hand corner. The building was a unique engineering structure for its time, designed and built on the basis of the state-of-the-art engineering principles and methods. For the first time, inner supporting pillars were not used to support the vaulted roof, a record-breaking bay 49.7 meters in diameter, thus creating an unusual space effect. The statues on the facade were created by Italian sculptor Enrico Butti (1847--1932). The Ciniselli Circus became one of the main attractions of Saint Petersburg and was a paramount entertainment center of the Russian capital. It was also where the world's first Museum of Circus Art was opened in 1928.

Names

  • Kenel, Vasily Alexandrovich, 1843-1893 Artist.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1877.

Headings

  • -  Russian Federation--Saint Petersburg--Saint Petersburg
  • -  1877
  • -  Arenas
  • -  Carriages and carts
  • -  Circus
  • -  Circus Ciniselli
  • -  Horse-drawn vehicles
  • -  Street scenes

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 1 watercolor.
  • -  Original resource at: The Bolshoi St. Petersburg State Circus - Museum of Circus Art.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021670654

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Kenel, Vasily Alexandrovich, Artist. Ciniselli Circus. Saint Petersburg Russian Federation, 1877. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021670654/.

APA citation style:

Kenel, V. A. (1877) Ciniselli Circus. Saint Petersburg Russian Federation, 1877. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021670654/.

MLA citation style:

Kenel, Vasily Alexandrovich, Artist. Ciniselli Circus. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021670654/>.