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Venetian carnival figures
Bertelli, Francesco (Associated name)

Prints depicting dance


Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1600 - 1699 (Questionable)
Table of Contents
[No number]: Peregola ouer Rufiana, Magnificho [depiction of a masked? man and a masked, hooded, and cloaked woman] -- 32: Mascare usate in Veneta [sic] che tirano oui [i.e., ovi] odoriferi [from the arched windows of a palace, women throw rotten eggs at five men below] -- 33: Ferarese [?], Buratin [two men with a woman? between them; all are masked] -- 34: Mussicha vsata [i.e., usata] da mascare in Venettia [sic] il Carneuale [three male musicians, costumed as "wild men" in animal skins, playing lutes] -- 35: Buratin [a man and a woman, both masked] -- 36: Francatripe [a man and a woman; the latter wears a mask and turban, perhaps part of a Turkish costume].
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFD Ven 1-3
Carnival -- Italy -- Venice
Commedia dell'arte
Acquisition: Gift; Lincoln Kirstein, 1973.
Biographical/historical: In seventeenth-century Venice, the carnival festivities that preceded the austere season of Lent included performances of commedia dell'arte, an improvisational theatre form; entertainments by costumed performers such as the "wild men" seen in No. 34; masquerades; games and mock battles. Masks and costumes that disguised the wearer's identity contributed to a heady sense of freedom, not to say license.
Biographical/historical: Several of the prints in this collection are similar though not identical to prints made by Francesco Bertelli and published in his Il carnevale italiano mascherato que si veggono in figura varie inuetione di capritii (1642). They may be earlier or later versions made by him or perhaps by his father Pietro, who was also a printmaker.
Physical Description
Extent: 6 prints (3 sheets) : etching, b&w ; 16 x 23 cm.
Six images in two mats.
Three leaves, possibly from a book, each containing two images. All except one of the images is numbered at lower left or right. Captions identify the personages or actions taking place in each image. Most of the participants appear to be wearing masks and some form of costume or fancy dress. Among them are several stock characters of the commedia dell'arte: Il Magnifico, Buratin, Francatripe [Francatrippa], and Rufiana [La Ruffiana].
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 792750686
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19608419
NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 16.14.059
NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 16.14.060
NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 16.14.061
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ac4ab490-087c-0133-1059-58d385a7bbd0
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1600: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

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Venetian carnival figures