There's no mistaking this character, Arlecchino the medieval Comedie Del'Arte actor. In this thoughtful piece from Master Artist Sax Berlin we can see an interpretation of the Harlequin looking back through the ages to his origin in Bergamo, Italy. The jaunty velvet cap gives an immediate sense of place & time and the costume is almost universally recognised in Western society, making Blue Harlequin a familiar & well loved painting despite this 21st century working of the character..  

Blue Harlequin on a White Gold background. Original hand ground pigments and white gold leaf.