Harlequin Unmasked

Harlequin Unmasked

The Commedia dell'Arte and Porcelain Sculpture

Hardback384pp Illustrated305x227mm

9780300090093     Product Code: 296562

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Since the Renaissance, the characters of the Commedia dell'Arte – Harlequin, Columbine, Scaramouche and company – have inspired plays, paintings, engravings and porcelain. Drawing on some of the world's finest collections, especially that of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto, this magnificently illustrated survey presents 150 figures by leading British and European manufacturers, including the celebrated Meissen factories. It also explains the hidden meanings of these mysterious characters and how a bawdy street theatre became an elegant courtly entertainment.

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