Carlo Bertinazzi (1713–1783)

Maker: Attributed to the Hewelke manufactory

Date: ca. 1761–63

Culture: Italian, Venice

Medium: Hard-paste porcelain

Dimensions: Height (without frame): 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm); Framed: 21 × 16 1/2 in. (53.3 × 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

Description

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.

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