Monticelli painted many imaginary scenes of costumed figures. Here, the central figure in white appears to be dressed in the costume of Pulcinella, a character from the Commedia dell'Arte plays. This subject was also used by Watteau, whom Monticelli greatly admired.

The authenticity of this painting has been doubted. It was possibly painted by an artist imitating Monticelli in the 1870s.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1824 - 1886
Full title
Torchlight Procession
Date made
probably 1870-86
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
30.5 x 48.9 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Presented as part of the 'Harry Wearne Collection of Twelve Paintings by Monticelli' to the Tate Gallery, 1939; transferred, 1956
Inventory number
NG5009
Location in Gallery