"The Magic Flute" - Bro. Alberti and the Frontispiece of the Libretto on the Occasion of the First Performance in the Year 1791 (Page 24).

Illustrations on gate pillar and obelisk

An obelisk at the entrance on the opposite side is a puzzle too. The picture-wrighting tries to reveal to the well-informed, that this opera is more than a comedy. With this picture the freemason Alberti tried to express to his brethren the seriousness of the background and the intentions of the opera.

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