Franca Trippa and Fritellino, etching

From The Director's Prism: E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde by Dassia N. Posner

  • Carl Friedrich Thiele adapted this etching as plate 4 (chapter 4, opp. p. 133) in the first edition of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s Princess Brambilla: A Capriccio after Jacques Callot (1821). Alexander Tairov used this same etching to inspire the carnival mise-en-scène in Princess Brambilla: A Kamerny Theatre Capriccio, after Hoffmann (1920) at the Moscow Kamerny Theatre.

    Etching foreground: two male figures in half masks face each other, one holding a wooden sword and cape (left), the other playing a guitar (right).

    Etching background: a man bows to kiss a woman’s hand.

    See book: p. 12, 25, 60, 119, 120; figure 28

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  • Performing Arts
  • c. 1621
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  • Jacques Callot, Franca Trippa and Fritellino, plate 23 from Balli di Sfessania (c. 1621). Etching. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gray Collection of Engravings Fund, by exchange, S4.29.7. Photo: Imaging Department © President and Fellows of Harvard College.