In 1905 Eliseu Visconti was invited by Francisco de Oliveira Passos to create the decoration works of the ceiling in the Room of Spectacles, the frieze of the proscenium and curtain. A part of the studies of these works were donated by the artist to the Municipality of the Federal District in 1942 and they can are in the collection of the Municipal Theater.
The work "The Dance of the Hours" decorates skirting the chandelier of the Room of the Spectacles. Referring to this beautiful ensemble, the chronicler João do Rio described overcome with emotion in 1913 : "the pink carnation warmed by the brazier of the immense crystal chandelier and gold, which the center of the room gushing over the audience the fixed splendor of the light. "
Rodolpho Bernardelli performed the sculptural set of the crowning of the facades of the Theater, where six sculptures honor the muses of the arts : Poetry, Music, Singing, Dance, Comedy and Tragedy .
He is also the author of five bronze busts located at the entrance of the Theater representing Carlos Gomes, Arthur Azevedo, João Caetano Pereira Passos and Souza Aguiar, and a full-body sculpture of Carlos Gomes located in the Boulevard's entrance.
The oil panels from Rodolpho Amoedo adorn the two Roundabouts of the Noble Balcony, a total of eight works. In this picture, which shows the Rotunda facing the Rio Branco Avenue, the artist presents dancing couples with clothes and iconographic elements from Poland, Hungary, France and Spain; the rosettes, a representation of the original flowers of these countries.
The beautiful interior decoration of the Municipal Theater of Rio inspired John chronicler saying:
"Many theaters do not keep the proportion of luxury and grace between the inside and the inside. Now are only rich facade, now only affluent audience of forming violent contrasts. The Municipal is the jewel seen from inside."
Collection of the Documentation Centre of the Municipal Theater Foundation of Rio de Janeiro - CEDOC / FTMRJ
Curatorship and Text
Fatima Cristina Gonçalves
Luiz Evandro Bertanha