Joseph A. Pecsenke Commedia Dell'Arte etchings
Scope and Contents
Joseph A. Pecsenke etchings consists of twenty-two prints:
- circa 1950-1989
- Pecsenke, Joseph (Person)
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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.
Storage Room 3515, Cubbies 2-5
Print sizes vary: 17 x 13 to 19 x 15.5 inches
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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