16th c. Costume Studies for Sophocles’ “Oedipus Tyrannus”

Paolo Veronese (Italian, 1528 – 1588) created these costume studies in preparation for the inaugural production of Sophocles’ tragic play Oedipus Tyrannus at the Teatro Olimpico in Verona, which took place March 1585. Although he was not credited as the play’s costume designer, the designs on this sheet were apparently consulted and incorporated. Inscriptions on the page identify the characters in the play. The repeated word “fatto”, Italian for “made”, indicates that the costumes were indeed created.