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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)

 

Arlecchino's Dream

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