The photo below shows Hannibal Pianta in his shop with the model for a panel that appears at house left and right near the ceiling in the Empire Theatre. This image is a scan of a photo that was taken in 1913. This is in the studio at 509 Leal St., in San Antonio, Texas. Click here to see one of these panels as they appear after the restoration in 1997. Or, other views are at these pages:
big view
before restoration, in the third photo
 
 
Hannibal and his model-1913
 
The next image is a scan of a photo that was taken in 1913. These are castings produced at the shop at 509 Leal St., and they are ready for shipping and installation at The Empire Theatre. These pieces are about 20" tall by 66" wide. These faces and the eggs are huge. The eggs appear at house left and right in the first balcony. The faces appear, alternating, in a vertical band that surrounds the box seats at both sides of the theatre. Click here to see a large view of these as they appear after the 1997 restoration.
 
castings for the Empire Theatre 1913
 
I was priviledged to work with these ornaments during the Empire Restoration in 1992, and again in 1997. In 92, I removed the face, (Bacchus, lower face in image above), and adjoining cornucopias, restored and refined it slightly, produced a flexible mold, and then cast (in cement) and installed these pieces over the front doors at the St. Marys St. entry. Click here to see these.
 

In 97, I removed three of these alternating panels at each side of the theatre. Structural iron was welded to the beams behind this area for a speaker system. Then the panels were reinstalled, after producing molds to replace any damaged areas. You can see a view of part of this area if you will click here.
Or, other views can be found on these pages:
Bacchus
lower photo at this page
 
 
introduction
introduction
 
inside the studios
inside the studios
 
outside the studios
outside the studios
 
the final work
the final work
 
Goliad
Goliad
 
unidentified
unidentified
 
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stuccoist
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