Commedia Dell ‘Arte….
Project 52 – Entry #11
….or “art of comedy” if you will, got its start in 16th century Italy. A Commedia dell ‘arte performance was the first form of improvisational comedy where the performers were given an outline and only had a limited amount of time to conceive a story to perform. Stock characters were used in each performance and these characters were depicted through costumes and masks.
Why the very short lesson on this art form? Well my background is in theatre and theatre history was an area of study that I truly enjoyed in University. Maybe this explains my affinity to photographing commedia dell ‘arte masks when I was in Venice.
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