(Italian: “label”).  In a painting, a piece of paper or parchment painted illusionistically, often as though attached to a wall. Cartellini (pl.)  commonly contain the artist’s name and/or information about the identity of a portrait subject.

Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 12.01.48 PMGiovanni Bellini. Portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan (det.). Oil on panel. 1501-02. National Gallery, London. The cartellino contains the artist’s name in Latin.