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Joseph A. Pecsenke Commedia Dell'Arte etchings

 Collection — Frame: 1-22
Identifier: RITArt-0082

Scope and Contents

Joseph A. Pecsenke etchings consists of twenty-two prints:

  • Brigella, etching

  • Il Capitano, etching

  • Colombina, etching

  • Il Dettore, etching

  • Arlecchino, etching

  • Pantalone, etching

  • Arlecchino and Brighella, etching

  • The Duel, etching

  • On the fish market, etching

  • Pantalone serenading Colombina, etching

  • The Opening, etching

  • Untitled (Street Scene with silhouettes of clowns), etching

  • Untitled (Theatre scene with a gentlemen and women on stage surrounded by onlookers), etching

  • Untitled (Open air stage, one man on stage surrounded by onlookers. In background are performers and a tightrope walker), etching

  • Untitled (Group of performers relaxing), etching

  • The Camp, etching

  • The Birth of Harlequin, etching

  • Untitled (tightrope walker), etching

  • After the Performance, etching

  • Untitled (parade scene), etching

  • On the Road, etching

  • Untitled (lady with breast exposed), etching
  • Dates

    • Creation: circa 1950-1989


    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open to researchers.

    Biographical / Historical

    Joseph A. Pecsenke (1942-1989) was a native of Hungary who lived in New York. Pecsenke celebrated in his art his long-time experience in theatre as an actor and designer. His work includes etchings of Commedia Dell’Arte, Opera lithographs, and paintings inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. His work is in the public collections of the Metropolitan Opera, The Joffrey Ballet, The Folger Library, the New York Philharmonic, and Yale University. Commedia dell'Arte, also known as "Italian comedy," was a humorous theatrical presentation performed by professional players who traveled in troupes throughout Italy in the 16th century. Performances took place on temporary stages, mostly on city streets, but occasionally even in court venues. Music, dance, witty dialogue, and all kinds of chicanery contributed to the comic effects. Subsequently the art form spread throughout Europe, with many of its elements persisting into present-day theater.


    6 Linear Feet (22 of 24 framed etchings. )




    Twenty-two etchings by artist Joseph Pecsenke. The series of etchings is titled Commedia Dell'Arte and focuses on Italian comedic plays.


    Collection consists of twenty-two prints. They are stored in numeric order.

    Physical Location

    Storage Room 3515, Cubbies 2-5


    Print sizes vary: 17 x 13 to 19 x 15.5 inches

    Processing Information

    Finding aid created by Lisa Witt in June 2014.

    Joseph A. Pecsenke Commedia Dell'Arte etchings
    RIT Art collection
    Lisa Witt
    24 June 2014
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    Repository Details

    Part of the RIT Archives Repository

    Rochester NY 14623 USA