Re del Carnevale di Verona (King Dumpling, King of Carnival of Verona
Oil on canvas
27 1/2" x 34" (framed), 21 1/2" x 28" (image)
Provenance: Aliprandi Antichita, Milan, Italy
Marco Marcola (Marcuola) was an important painter of prestigious Venetian residences and “grotesques”. His “Commedia dell’arte in arena”, 1772, is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago “Re del Carnevale di Verona” depicts the most important carnival masque in Verona, Re Gnocco (King Dumpling) and his court.
Beautifully conserved. The stretcher, likely replaced ca. 1960, supports the painting well. Various areas of in painting throughout. New varnish also presents under inspection with black light. A one inch, barely visible, repair on lower left quadrant located 2" above and 4" to the right of frame. Work is stable. Various flea bite size scuffs noted, one on the base of the central female figure's red robe. The frame, while not original to the work, is handmade, carved, and gilt gesso.