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Harlequin in Renaissance Pictures

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Identifies and classifies early depictions of Harlequins and other comic performers in patched costume. The Harlequin costume can be traced to the commedia dell'arte tradition and seems to have been a character first established by Tristano Martinelli (1557–1630), an Italian actor performing in France. Some early Harlequin depictions reflect specific performances by Martinelli himself, some are general depictions of stage practice and custom, and others are based on
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Keywords: Comedy; France; Harlequin (theatrical character); Italy; Theater

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 December 1997

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