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Italian theater prints, circa 1550-1983

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Finding aid for the Italian theater prints, ca. 1550-1983
Series VII. Oversize materials, ca. 1685-1983 40.0 flat file folders
Series VII.D. Commedia dell'arte, 1670-1890
Characters and masks
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22** Oh! Che gusto! Copia, Jacques-Louis, engraver Sicard, Louis-Marie, designer [17--] 1 print : stipple engraving. Pl. 42.5 x 35; Sh. 52 x 40.4
Oval image of Pierrot holding a plate on which sits a sausage; girl looking on longingly.
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23** L'amour au théâtre italien. gravé de la même grandeur du tableau original du cabinet de mr. de Rosnel. Cochin, Charles Nicolas, etcher Watteau, Antoine, designer A Paris : Chez Basan graveur [17--] 1 print : engraving, etching. Im. 37 x 49; Pl. 41.8 x 50.5; Sh. 45.2 x 62 + 1 poster
The print is based on Antoine Watteau's painting at the Staatliche Museen in Berlin that features several commedia dell'arte characters. Inscribed in the lower margin: Watteau pinx. / C.N. Cochin Sculp. Caption in the lower margin: La jalouse Italie éffrayant les Amours, / … State 5 (cf. Dacier) Ref.: Dacier, É., Vuaflart, A. Jean de Jullienne, no. 271 Accompanied by: 1 poster : offset lithograph, col. Im. 27 x 35.5; Sh. 31.7 x 40.3 (after Antoine Watteau's painting)
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24** Bella è costei, ma con quel volto, orrore … Bartolozzi, Francesco, etcher Ferretti, Giovanni Domenico, designer Wagner, Joseph, publisher [ca. 1761] 1 print : etching. Im. 37 x 27.4; Pl. 41.6 x 28.4; Sh. 63.3 x 46.4
The print is based on a painting by Giovanni Domenico Ferretti in the series Le 4 arlecchinate or Harlequinades (John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota). It shows Harlequin disguised as a woman, seated and working on a pillow, while Columbine stands beside him holding a mask in her hand. Four verses are inscribed in the lower margin. Numbered in the lower margin: No. 26-2. Inscribed: Gio. Dom.co Ferretti inven. / F. Bartolozzi Scul. Appo I. Wagner Ven. a C.P.E.S. Watermark: lettering (A C) and shield ensigned by crown and decorated with 3 stars. Ref.: Maser, E. The disguises of Harlequin (1956)
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25** [Le 4 arlecchinate] Bartolozzi, Francesco, etcher Ferretti, Giovanni Domenico, designer Wagner, Joseph, publisher [ca. 1761] 2 prints : etching. Im. 31.5 x 27.6
The prints are based on paintings by Giovanni Domenico Ferretti in the series Le 4 arlecchinate or Harlequinades (John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota). The first print ([Andò per bastonar fu: bastonato …]) shows a crippled Harlequin with rifle and sword walking on crutches as Columbine assists him. The second one ([Invano si nasconde un traditore …]) shows Columbine pulling back Harlequin's mantle and disclosing his identity. Pasted on verso of print [1]: Les Annales de Tacite, Livre XV, p. 373. Ref.: Maser, E. The disguises of Harlequin (1956)
25** [Le 4 arlecchinate] Bartolozzi, Francesco, etcher Ferretti, Giovanni Domenico, designer Wagner, Joseph, publisher [Venice] : Appo I. Wagner Ven.a C.P.E.S. [ca. 1761] 2 prints : etching. Pl. 40.2 x 31; Sh. 44.6 x 35.1
The prints are based on paintings by Giovanni Domenico Ferretti in the series Le 4 arlecchinate or Harlequinades (John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota). The first one, numbered 3, is titled Andò per bastonar fu: bastonato … The second one, numbered 4, is titled Invano si nasconde un traditore ….
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26** [Pierrot] Flameng, Léopold, etcher Watteau, Antoine, designer [18--] 1 print : etching. Im. 39.5 x 31.5; Sh. 47.1 x 32.6; Mt. 51 x 39
The etching shows Pierrot (or Gilles) standing in a landscape with four figures in the background. Pencilled in the lower margin: Léop. Flameng.
Performances
Plays, ballets, and pantomimes
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27** Ballet dansé au théâtre de l'opera dans le Carnaval du Parnasse, acte 1.er Basan, François, etcher; publisher Saint-Aubin, Gabriel Jacques de, designer A Paris : Ches Basan, graveur, rue St. Jacques [1761] 1 print : etching. Im. 28.1 x 35.5; Pl.32 x 37; Sh. 41.5 x 43.3
A representation of the first act of Louis Fuzelier and Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville's ballet Le Carnaval du Parnasse, first performed at the Opéra in Paris in 1749, and again in 1759 and 1767. It shows several commedia dell'arte figures, notably Pantalone (i.e. Pantaloon) and Columbine (i.e. Colombine). The print was issued in: L'œuvre de Basan (I, no. 45). Inscription: Monseigneur, le Duc de la Valiere; Pair et Grand Fauconnier de France, … Ref.: Dacier, 1929, no. 748, vol. I, pl. VIII; Roux, M. Inventaire du fonds français : graveurs du XVIIIe siècle, t. II, no. 267
Street entertainment
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28** Nobiliss: ac generosiss: viro Henrico Ter-Smitten à quo Roma nuperrime oculis perlustrata sanctorum apostolorum aream, templis et palatiis einctam, ludicris spectaculis frequenter occupatam debita veneratione dicate atque consecrat - Petrus Schenk Schenk Peter, publisher Amstelod. : Cum privil: ord: Holl: et West-Frisix [16--] 1 print : etching. Im. 46 x 58; Pl. 50.3 x 59.5; Sh. 52.2 x 62.6
The print depicts performances on stage and on a float of commedia dell'arte figures in Piazza dei Ss.i Apostoli in Rome.
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29** Piazza Navona antico circo agonale dell'imperatore Severo Alessandro edificata sv le rvine di esso … [16--] 1 print : etching. Im. 39.5 x 69.3; Sh. 44.5 x 70.5
The print depicts performances on stage and on floats of commedia dell'arte figures in Piazza Navona in Rome during carnival. A caption in the lower margin mentions the "COMPARSA DELLE MASCHERE IN TEMPO DI CARNOVALE" and lists the churches, palaces, and sculpture ensembles on Piazza Navona.
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30** Sixtvs V. pont. max. colvmnam hanc ab omni impietate expvrgam … [16--] 1 print : etching, with wash in grey tones. Im. 50.5 x 68.3; Pl. 55.5 x 74; Sh. 60 x 78.5
The print depicts Piazza Colonna in Rome, crowded during carnival with strolling figures, performers on stage and on floats acting commedia dell'arte characters. Title from inscription on column of Marcus Aurelius.
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31** Prospectus columnæ Antonini pij imp. Romæ : Typis Matthæi Gregrorij de Rubeis Romani in Foro Agonali … 1693 1 print : etching ; image 38.5 x 48.8 cm., plate mark 38.6 x 49 cm., on sheet 48.5 x 65.4 cm.
A representation of Piazza Colonna in Rome, in which strolling commedia dell'arte and masked figures appear. The column was erroneously identified as that of Antoninus Pius when it was restored during the papacy of Sixtus V. A caption inscribed in a banderole lists the monuments on Piazza Colonna, including the Palazzo Chigi.
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32** I cavallini di carta (premiati) ed esterno del festival Cavarretta, Giuseppe, lithographer Richter & C. Napoli. 1876 1 print : chalk lithograph, hand col. Im. 34.4 x 50.6; Sh. 38.8 x 52
Plate X from Carnevale di Napoli … (Naples : Richter, 1876) showing a carnival procession featuring commedia dell'arte figures and a carriage led by cardboard ponies. In upper part of image: Album del Carnevale 1876 / Tav. X. Below the image: G. Cavarretta inv.ò e dis.ò.
Uses of commedia dell'arte imagery,
Social satire
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33** Royal masquerade Somerset House Cook, Thomas, engraver Hogarth, William, designer [London] : Published by Tho.s Cook engraver & printer N°11 Hay Market Oct.r 21st 1805 1 print : engraving. Im. 39.5 x 52.4; Sh. 44.2 x 57
The print depicts a room with masked figures in conversation and playing cards. Inscribed: Hogarth pinx. / T. Cook Sc.
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34** Bal de l'opéra Bosio, Jean François, draftsman [1804] 1 print : etching, hand col. Im. 31.4 x 45.3; Pl. 37.7 x 49.8; Sh. 46.7 x 61.4
The print is possibly the one titled Bal de l'opéra published in: Cinq tableaux de costumes parisiens … (A Paris, au Bureau du journal des Dames, rue Montmartre 132, 1804). Inscribed in lower left corner: DS: Bosio Del.t (with letters D & S interlaced). The signature of D.S. Bosio has been identified as possibly that of Jean-François Bosio (1767-1832). Ref.: Béraldi, H. Les graveurs du XIXe siècle, t. II, p. 166-167; Laran, J., Adhémar, J. Inventaire du fonds français après 1800, t. 3, p. 157-158
Political caricatures
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35** [Caricature of King James II of England and King Louis XIV of France] Hooghe, Romeyn de, draftsman; etcher [Geneva] : Gisling f: et exc: Genevæ [ca. 1689] 8 prints : etching, engraving, letterpress. Im. 34 x 38.5; Pl. 38.2 x 39.5; Sh. 60 x ca.46.7
Plates of caricatures of King James II and King Louis XIV, titled: Arlequin deodat et pamirge hypochondriaques, Arlequin furieux et pantagion triumphant, Arlequin sur l'hypogryphe ala croisade lojoliste, La belle Constance dragonée par Arlequin deodat, L'épiphane du nouveau antichrist. 1689, L'Europe allarmée pour le fils d'un meunier, La feste des trois rois aux Invalides, Paye qui tombe. Each leaf has an image etched/engraved with a title inscribed in the lower margin. Letterpress Dutch verses are printed in 3 or 4 columns in the lower half of sheets (with French version in plates [2, 4, 6]). Stamps with reference to Muller, Fr., De Nederlandsche geschiedenis in platen, are glued to the lower right hand corner in plates [1-7]: "Fr. M. No.2754" to "Fr. M. No. 2761". In pencil, in lower right corner of plate [8]: F. M. 2766; in ink: 2141. The imprint is from plate [1]. Ref.: Hollstein 154-161; Landwehr, J. Romeyn de Hooghe the etcher: contemporary portrayal of Europe, p. 213-219, 222
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36** Mardi gras de cocq à l'ane Hooghe, Romeyn de, draftsman; etcher tot Antwerpen : By Cornelis Woons, op de Melck Mart, in de Gulde Sterre. 1690 [1690] 1 print : etching. Im. 37.3 x 39.5; Pl. 38 x 40.4; Sh. 56 x 40.4
A caricature about the strife between Amsterdam and Prince William III of Orange. The title is inscribed in the lower margin of etching and letterpress Dutch verses are printed in 3 columns in lower half of sheet. Ref.: Hollstein 164; Landwehr, J. Romeyn de Hooghe the etcher: contemporary portrayal of Europe, p. 227
Toys and games
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37** Toverkaart of genees middel der wind-breuken vant zuid west en de uitvaart van cartouche [1720] 1 print : etching. Im. 29.8 x 36.8; Pl. 33.7 x 44.3; Sh. 40.4 x 50.4
Eighteen characters, including Harlequin, Scaramouche and Columbine on a card containing an alphabet letter, an inscription in Dutch and figures performing acrobatics or circus-like feats. Ref.: Lawner, L. Harlequin on the moon, p. 67-68
37** Toverkaart of genees middel … [17--] 1 print : etching. Im. 25.8 x 17.2; Pl. 31 x 18.9; Sh. 32.6 x 20.3
Eighteen characters, including Harlequin, Scaramouche and Columbine on a card containing an alphabet letter, an inscription in Dutch and figures performing acrobatics or circus-like feats.


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