Carlo Bertinazzi (1713–1783)

Maker: Attributed to the Hewelke manufactory

Date: ca. 1761–63

Culture: Italian, Venice

Medium: Hard-paste porcelain

Dimensions: H. without frame 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm.); H. with frame 21 in. (53.3 cm.); W. with frame 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm.)

Classification: Ceramics-Porcelain

Credit Line: Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of James J. Rorimer, 1966

Accession Number: 66.92a, b


Bertinazzi (1713–1783) was an actor best known for his role as Harlequin in the commedia dell'arte (Italian comedy) that he performed from 1741 until his death. It is not certain where this highly accomplished portrait relief was made, but the short-lived Hewelke factory in Venice (1758–63) has been suggested.