Florimène at the Court of Charles I


Close Note

Scene of Relief (sometimes Relieve Scene): A scene located upstage of the backshutter bank, often made up of several cut or profiled scenic elements. Whether this technique originated with Inigo Jones is problematic, although it is probably safe to speculate that the relief area, as a unique part of the stage, is almost certainly an English idea.

Giacomo Torelli and the Bibienna family, working at the end of the 17th century in Italy, made use of free-standing scenic pieces through which, or around which, the viewer might look, thus enhancing the illusion of distance by creating elements in a foreground, middle ground and background relationship.