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Harlequin Unmasked, The Commedia dell'Arte and Porcelain Sculpture

Chilton, Meredith

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ISBN 10: 0300090099 / ISBN 13: 9780300090093
Published by Yale University Press, 2001
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Focuses on nearly 150 porcelain sculptures of the commedia dell'arte characters, representing more than twenty European ceramic manufacturers. Features works from important collections, in particular, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. Includes an essay by Domenico Pietropaolo. 300 color plates and 300 b&w illustrations. Catalogue of the commedia dell'atre sculptures in the Gardiner Museum collection. Notes. Biblio. Index. xv, 368 pp. Hardcover Fine w/ Fine dj. Bookseller Inventory # 940

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Title: Harlequin Unmasked, The Commedia dell'Arte ...

Publisher: Yale University Press

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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The commedia dell'arte began in Italy as irreverent, improvised street theatre and is best known for its exuberant characters, specifically Harlequin, Pantalone, Pulcinella, Scaramouche, and Colombine, among others. Since the sixteenth century, these personalities have inspired paintings, engravings, and porcelain sculptures. Encompassing theatre, court culture, masquerades, and the decorative arts, this splendidly illustrated and engaging book offers original perspectives on porcelain commedia figures while also making an important contribution to the study of the commedia dell'arte. The volume focuses on nearly 150 porcelain sculptures as it tells the story of the commedia dell'arte's transformation into sculpture. Why were the figures made? Why do they appear as they do? What inspired their gestures and costumes? How did street-theatre themes become integrated into court life and entertainment? Examining these delightful porcelain figures in greater breadth and detail than ever before, this book is essential for those interested in theatre, painting, costume, and the decorative arts. This catalogue accompanies an exhibition at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, from 21st September 2001 to 20th January 2002.

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Meredith Chilton is curator, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto. Domenico Pietropaolo is director, Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama, University of Toronto.

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