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Year 8 - Masks and Commedia Dell’ Arte: Arlecchino

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.

Arlecchino's Mask

 A description of Arlecchino's mask from Commedia dell' Arte: an actor's handbook:

"A black stocking wound round the lower face and then up over the head is a vestige of the full Carnival mask, lending credence to the alternative African slave suggestion as to his origin.  Low forehead with wart, small round eyes." 

More Arlecchino masks

(Click on the picture to see it's source)


Books in the Senior Library

These books are in the Senior Library, they include lots of information on Commedia dell'Arte and all the different characters.

Arlecchino's Dream

This video of a workshop teaching actors how to play Arlecchino will give you an idea of how this character acts.

Website - Commedia Dell Carte

Commedia dell Carte is a US based Commedia dell arte performance ensemble.  Their website includes information on various Commendia dell arte characters.

Website - Carnival

This website about Carnivals includes information on Commedia Dell Arte.

Find out more about Arlecchino

Find out more using Sweet Search, a search engine designed to help students find reliable information.

Try choosing two of the keywords below, type them in the search box and see what information you can find.

so, for example, you could type "Arlecchino mask" to find out more information on Arlecchino's mask or type "commedia Arlecchino" to find out more about Arlecchino in Commedia Dell Arte.  Can you think of any other keywords?

Pictures of Arlecchino

(Click on a picture to see it's source)

Take part in our Arlecchino poll!

Some people think Arlecchino shares characteristics with these animals.  Which animal do you think the character of Arlecchino is most like?




Dans le vent


Take part in our Arlecchino poll!
Cat: 100 votes (28.57%)
Monkey: 166 votes (47.43%)
Fox: 84 votes (24%)
Total Votes: 350