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Harlequin on the Moon: Commedia Dell'Arte and the Visual Arts Hardcover – September 1, 1998

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"...fascinating collection of sketches, engravings, paintings and photographs..." -- American Theatre

Commedia dell'Arte originated (probably) in sixteenth-century Italy, and has been around ever since. It has added characters and changed names with changing countries, but its basic pattern runs through painting, circus, all forms of theater, and on into cinema. It will probably reach outer space in time. The characters have become archetypes; their antics are infinitely variable, and their relationships fluid enough to give artists the to convert them into sad or merry symbols at will. Ms. Lawner's history of the genre makes a pretty, amusing book that is also informative. -- The Atlantic Monthly, Phoebe Lou Adams
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N Abrams; 1st edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810911949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810911949
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,855,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ida Dübeck on January 7, 2015
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Interesting book with fine illustrations. Helps you to come closer to the mysteries of Harlequin, Pierrot and commedia dell' arte.
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