Venetian carnival figures
NamesBertelli, Francesco (Associated name)
Prints depicting dance
Dates / OriginDate 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 locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFD Ven 1-3
TopicsCarnival -- Italy -- VeniceCommedia dell'arte
NotesAcquisition: 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 DescriptionEtchingsExtent: 6 prints (3 sheets) : etching, b&w ; 16 x 23 cm.Six images in two mats.
DescriptionThree 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 ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 792750686NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19608419NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 16.14.059NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 16.14.060NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 16.14.061Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ac4ab490-087c-0133-1059-58d385a7bbd0
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