Friday, April 11, 2014

Antique Image of the Day: La Famiglia di Pulcinella

Famiglia di Pulcinella
The Victoria & Albert Museum

Not much is known about this engraving entitled “Famiglia di Pulcinella” (Family of Pulcinella) which depicts, fittingly, a group of multigenerational figures clad in the costume of Pulcinella. The work of an unknown publisher from the 18th to 19th century, I’d guess pretty safely that this originated in Italy. It is now part of the George Speaight Punch & Judy Collection at the V&A.

The engraving depicts a family of eleven adults and children dressed as Pulcinellas, drinking and eating on a table and on the floor. I love it!

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