|Il Carnavale in Roma|
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Entitled “Il Carnevale in Roma,” this engraving was published by an unknown company sometime in the Eighteenth Century.
The scene depicts a group of people dressed for a mask ball during carnival. From left to right there are two figures with who have donned costume horses’ heads, another figure wears a turkey head, there’s a clown, a Pulcinella--on a monkey--and two more masqueraders.
I must confess, I was tickled when reading the V&A's description of this piece. They state that the Pulcinella is riding a "monkey." Now, I know it was a typo and they meant "donkey," but I rather like the idea of a Pulcinella riding a monkey. It seems like something one would do.