Masked Harlequin, the commedia dell’arte’s leading man, lures an innocent, elegantly dressed young lady into the world of prostitution. She’s caught the eye of a displeased young man, dressed in dapper clothes. They stand out in this scene of costumed characters in exaggerated clothing.
Gillot’s light, quick brushstrokes mimics the satirical subject and lighthearted portrayal of human folly.
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Scene from the Italian Comedy (recto), about 1700, Claude Gillot. The J. Paul Getty Museum