Carnival Stage Artist/Jester

225.00

Small painting of a French stage actor or jester, who is wearing a hat in the style of Napoleon and playing cards on his knees.

The painting is signed with a fleur-de-lis in one corner, that has appeared on countless European coats of arms and flags over the centuries, it is particularly associated with the French monarchy in a historical context. It remains an enduring symbol of France which appears on French postage stamps, although it has never been adopted officially by any of the French republics.

A jester or fool was historically an entertainer during the medieval and Renaissance eras who was a member of the household of a nobleman or a monarch employed to entertain him and his guests. Jesters in medieval times are often thought to have worn brightly coloured clothes and eccentric hats in a motley pattern. Jesters entertained with a wide variety of skills: principal among them were song, music, and storytelling, but many also employed acrobatics, juggling, telling jokes, and magic tricks.

H: 35 cm. W: 20 cm.

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