Harlequin Unmasked

Harlequin Unmasked

The Commedia dell'Arte and Porcelain Sculpture

Hardback384pp Illustrated305x227mm

9780300090093     Product Code: 296562


Since the Renaissance, the characters of the Commedia dell'Arte - Harlequin, Columbine, Scaramouche and the rest - have inspired plays, paintings, engravings and porcelain. Based on some of the world's most important collections, including Toronto's Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, this engaging, magnificently illustrated survey showcases 150 exquisite figures from leading manufacturers including the celebrated works at Meissen. It explains the hidden meaning of these mysterious characters, and how a bawdy form of street theatre became an elegant courtly entertainment.

publ £45.00