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Self-Portrait as Punchinello
Self-Portrait as Punchinello
Oil on Canvas
16" X 24"

I've always loved Domenico Tiepolo's drawings for the life of Punchinello, 'an entertainment for children'. Punchinello was the beloved clown of classic Italian Comedy. Audiences loved his very human fallings from grace. He was a rogue and lothario, much like almost everyone else at that time- or this one. I used my Devil Halloween mask (with a longer nose and without horns) to step into this role; the costume is from Tiepolo's paintings.