Giuseppe Maria Mitelli, art and odd noses

Mitelli Gioco da ridere

"Gioco da ridere"

There is a “Laughing Game” in which participants are invited to make faces, sneeze, yawn, or chatter their teeth. There is a “New Game of Noses” featuring a surreal illustrated catalog of facial prominences with odd shapes and deformations. There’s even a “Truth Game”, warning you that minding your own business is always the best choice…

These are some of the incisions created by Giuseppe Maria Mitelli (1634-1718), an artist from Bologna who – on top of making wonderful copies of masterpieces by Paolo Veronese, Annibale and Ludovico Carracci, Guido Reni, Titian and Tintoretto – in the 1680s started to make a series of etchings dedicated to “Games” based on dice, as well as “Months”, “Senses”, “Seasons” and “Parcae”.

They were something fun for anyone to look at, as well as fun to make!

July 11, 2014