Detail View: The AMICA Library: Harlequina

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.1974.356.524
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Name: 
Bustelli, Franz Anton
Creator Role: 
Modeler
Creator Dates/Places: 
ca. 1720-1763; active 1754-1763
Creator Name-CRT: 
Franz Anton Bustelli
Creator Name: 
Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory
Creator Role: 
Factory
Creator Name-CRT: 
Manufactured by Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory
Title: 
Figure
Title Type: 
Object name
Title: 
Harlequina
View: 
Full View, with Harlequin
Creation Date: 
18th century (ca. 1759)
Creation Start Date: 
1757
Creation End Date: 
1761
Materials and Techniques: 
Hard-paste porcelain
Classification Term: 
Ceramics-Porcelain
Dimensions: 
H. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 
1974.356.524
Credit Line: 
The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973
Rights: 
Context: 

Bustelli modeled sixteen characters from the Italian commedia dell'arte, the lively improvisatory theater that came to life in the sixteenth century. Harlequin was the commedia's principal character, always dressed in a brightly colored suit of triangular patches. Sometimes he was accompanied by Columbine, who played different roles in the plays. Here Harlequina wears the same patchwork costume as her partner. Although some of Bustelli's figures were inspired by engravings, they all have a sense of graceful movement that suggests the artist's firsthand impression of a theatrical performance.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
MMA_.es1974.356.524-.525.R.tif