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Year 8 - Masks and Commedia Dell’ Arte: Background

A guide to information resources on masks and commedia dell arte for your year 8 Art and Drama topic, compiled by your Librarians. Last updated December 2017.

Background information

Explore this page to find background information on Commedia Dell Arte and an introduction to the characters.

In this Libguide you can find out more about these characters:

Background information

Commedia Dell Arte

Introduction to Commedia Dell Arte

Characters of Commedia Dell'Arte

Commedia Dell Arte

This picture is taken from the 'Magic of Venezia' website where you can find a brief introduction to Commedia Dell Arte and information about many of the characters and their masks.

Commedia dell'Arte - Character shape

This video, from the National Theatre, gives a short introduction to commedia dell'arte and the use of movement and shapes when acting.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Books in the Senior Library

This book is in the Senior Library.