Antonio Paoli's Painting of Pagliacci


Antonio Paoli's unknown student


Clown Painting


Turns humor to despair


Effect irreversible



Collected by

Warehouse 13


Dark Vault


Podium 55

Date of Collection



Origins[edit | edit source]

Written in the 1890s by operatic composer Ruggero Leoncavallo, Pagliacci tells the story of an acting troupe led by a jealous man who is ultimately driven to murder his actress wife and her lover. The actor, Canio, plays the lead role of Pagliacci the peirrot, although he loses his patience over the course of the play as he suspects his wife's infidelity. In the final act he murders both his wife and co-star with the audience not realizing the play has become a reality until Canio turns to them and angily declares "The comedy is finished!".

Antonia Paoli, known as the King of Tenors, was the first to perform a full recorded version of an opera in 1907. He held a lustrous theatrical career until his death in 1946. His last decade was spent teaching at his musical school, the Academia Paoli. Months before his death he was presented this painting depicting Canio as Pagliacci by an appreciative student.

Collection[edit | edit source]

Was collected in 1954 after the mass suicide in a small Italian town following the local circus the night before. The painting is suspected to have followed the positive emotions to the venue, where it was able to become exposed to no less than 24 patrons.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Taking on both the tragedy of Pagliacci and the grief the artist felt at his mentor's death, this artifact will convert all feelings of happiness and humor into grief and despair. The effects are irreversible once enacted. The artifact is drawn to joyful individuals, perhaps in an attempt to pick up some positivity. It's noted that the artifact is not actively malicious, though it is highly dangerous due to its unexpectedly mobile nature.

Agents have seen the painting "call" to them when they are nearby in a soft, mournful moan.

Storage and Handling[edit | edit source]

Stored on a special easel laced with neutralizer.

Neutralizer gloves are mandatory. The painting must be kept in a special neutralizer box when removed from its field. This artifact not stay outside of neutralizer for longer than thirty seconds at a time.

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