Venetian Jugglers in front of the Palace of the Doge, Venetian Master 18th century
Venetian Master 18th century
Venetian Jugglers in front of the Palace of the Doge
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Venetian Master 18th century

Venetian Jugglers in front of the Palace of the Doge, ca. 1750 – 1760


Dimensions
59.5 x 72.4 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1529
Acquisition
Acquired in 1915 with funds provided by Carl Schaub-Stiftung
Status
On display

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The appearance of jugglers and circus artistes is trumpeted forth from the arcades of the Doge's Palace in Venice in the true sense of the word. A masked man holds up a pig's trotter and balances an object with his other hand - is he a quack doctor? In front, a lady in a light blue dress coquettishly delights a gallant gentleman, but the stubbly chin suggests that the so-called gnaga mask is actually hiding a man's face. The masked scholar in the background also represents a type; perhaps he is part of a troupe of actors. In fact, the boundaries between actors and public have become blurred. Is the gentleman from the Orient part of the ensemble, or is he a foreign merchant? And what about the elegantly dressed gentleman and his companion, before whom a beggar woman is bowing? The scene is full of riddles: it is carnival time in Venice.

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Venetian Jugglers in front of the Palace of the Doge
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Oil on canvas
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© Städel Museum
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Acquired in 1915 with funds provided by Carl Schaub-Stiftung

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16.09.2019