Giacometta, from "Masks and Characters of Italian Theatre," 1914, color lithograph, from an edition of "Le Journal des Dames et des Modes."
The Journal des Dames et Des Modes aimed to appeal to aesthetes, and to reflect the intellectual and artistic atmosphere of Paris from 1912-14, the Belle Epoque. It distinguished itself from other periodicals of the time, most of which were illustrated by photography, by usign rich and vivid pochoir prints drawn by leading artists of the day by applying hand-colored stencils over copperplate engravings. It was published three times a month for subscribers, who paid 100 francs/year, but ended with the outbreak of the First World War.
A form of improvisational theater developed in late-Renaissance Italy, Commedia dell'Arte relied on stock characters, whose roles, characteristics, and costumes were well-defined and known. One of these characters was Giacometta.
|Title||Giacometta, from "Masks and Characters of Italian Theatre"|
|Role of Creator||Artist|
|Role of Creator 2||Printer|
|Creator 2||Reidel, Henri|
|Dimensions||H-11.75 W-14.5 inches|
|Credit line||Louis B. and Eleanor Deane Swan Audigier Collection of Art|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy|