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Harlequin on the Moon: Commedia Dell'arte and the Visual Arts.

Harlequin, Columbine, Pierrot ... commedia dell'arte is the first modern theater -- inspiration to Shakespeare Moliere, Mozart, and Balanchine, and forerunner of the modern stage comedy. This unique book traces the history of commedia from the court of the Sun King to ballet and opera to the experimental performance theater of today. It also, for the first time, explores why visual artists from Tiepolo and Watteau to Picasso and Hockney have been drawn to its characters and themes. Since its invention as a popular ...

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