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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 1934.1.157
Object Name Print
Description Rosaura 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 using 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 La Signora: tough, beautiful, and calculating, but narcissistic. She was sometimes a courtesan, and was often called Rosaura.
Title Rosaura, from "Masks and Characters of Italian Theatre"
Date 1914
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Brunelleschi, Umberto
Role of Creator 2 Engraver
Creator 2 Reidel, Henri
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique color lithograph
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
Subjects costume design
theater
commedia dell'arte
Belle Epoque
Fashion