It’s a dark time of year at these latitudes, notwithstanding the Christmas lights festooning the streets of the town where we live, or the lights in almost every apartment-window, or the whiteness of this winter’s first flurries of snow. The dreariness of the season has inspired in me a certain lassitude, which in turn has contributed towards my negect of this journal, a state of inattention that, alas, will likely continue for another week or two.
Seasonal considerations aside, my home desktop PC is undergoing a difficult metamorphosis which, at present, is stuck at the chrysalis stage. In the meantime, just so there’ll be something here next week, not wanting to intentionally leave this page blank, I thought I would post a couple of details from a fascinating & decidedly weird pen-&-ink drawing entitled Due Pulchinelle (‘Two Punchinellos’) by Giambattista Tiepolo. I have previously made mention of the drawings in a similar vein by Tiepolo’s son, Giandomenico.
I’m grateful to Mr. Maydell, who sent me an e-mail drawing my attention to this image, which he found here. Only later did I realise I had already seen the same picture elsewhere, on this page, which had been my source for one of the younger Tiepolo’s sketches that I’d reproduced before. Oddly, these two versions of this image mirror each other, so I can’t be sure the orientation of the one above is correct. In any case, click on the details to see the image in full.Posted by misteraitch at November 26, 2005 06:45 PM