This terracotta red Alecchino, very nervous and little monkey-like, was used in Michael Radford's movie “The Merchant of Venice”, starring Al Pacino. During his sculptor career, Guerrino Lovato has made several Arlecchino portraits for theatre and cinema. Directors and set designers used to bring him drawings to show how the want the mask: monkey-like, cat-like, sweet, aggressive or rococò style. Guerrino, picking images from our tradition, makes the clay model from which he obtains the plaster negative, called “calco” (cast), then he creates the “cartapesta” mask.
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Author: Signed by Guerrino Lovato - Mondonovo Museum
Handcrafted in: Venice, Italy
Material: original venetian papier mâché
Size: 15 x 16 x 10 cm
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Arlecchino is a very ancient character, tied to the agricultural rituality. The name is originally German: Holle Konig (Hell King). It later became Helleking and then Harlequin. His satanic nature during the years turned into more human features as cunning and ignorance. In the middle ages he appears with demons that crowded holy representations, trying to exorcize the fear for supernatural, and finally comes to the stages of Italian tumblers. Harlequin thus became the best known mask of the “Commedia dell’Arte”, that started to develop in lower Bergamo during the 16th century. His character is cheating and meddler, shows little intelligence, he’s always hungry and ready to scrounge. His costume is made by colored patched jacket and trousers, by a felt hat carrying a rabbit or fox tail and by a belt, from which hangs the “batocio” (a spatula used for stirring polenta). He’s an acrobatic character, rich in gestural expressiveness. His face maintains the satanic and feline features with a snub nose and carries a lump on the forehead, as to testify his habit to come out badly from his adventures.
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