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John Piper designed the sets for the first staging of the opera Death in Venice in 1973. The opera was based on the novella by Thomas Mann and was the work of British composer Benjamin Britten with Myfanwy Piper, who wrote the libretto.Piper’s sets used narrow revolving panels painted with details of Venetian architecture. This screenprint is from a portfolio of eight based on the sketches he made for the set designs.

May 2007