Harlequin Romance: Europe's Love Affair With Commedia

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Istituto Italiano di Cultura says
Gardiner Museum Lecture Series 2016
HARLEQUIN ROMANCE: EUROPE'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH COMMEDIA
Speaker: Domenico Pietropaolo

** Tickets $10 for Istituto Italiano di Cultura members by calling 416-586-8080, or by purchasing tickets in person. **

The Commedia dell’Arte was a popular form of drama based on the improvisation of dialogue and action, and on the use of stock characters. It lasted well over two hundred years, spreading from makeshift stages in public places to the most refined homes and commercial settings of Europe. Throughout its history, the Commedia dell’Arte exercised a powerful form of social criticism.
As the political and economic conditions of Europe changed, so did Commedia dell’Arte. It adapted to the new circumstances by reversing the direction of its criticism and by migrating from the stage to the world of the decorative arts, including garden statuary, porcelain miniature sculpture, etchings, picture books, and so on. This lecture traces the main lines of that transition, showing how the stock characters continued to flourish as protagonists of their new domains.

In collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto; Victoria University, Toronto.
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By: Istituto Italiano di Cultura