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Hardback 29 x 22cm, in Fine condition, complete with dustwrapper, with two small tears in the back cover, otherwise in Very Good condition. With pp 208, colour and b&w illustrations. With bibliography and index. Since its invention as a popular entertainment in Renaissance Italy, commedia's absurd and witty plots and charming personalities have captivated audiences as well as painters and sculptors. Artists through the ages have found inspiration in commedia's distinctive costumes, masks, and poignant figures, Harlequin, Columbine and Pierrot. Commedia dell'arte is the first modern theatre - inspiration to Shakespeare, Moliere, Mozart and Balanchine, and forerunner of the modern stage comedy. This work traces the history of commedia from the court of the Sun King, through ballet and opera, to the experimental performance theatre of today. It also explores why visual artists including Tiepolo, Watteau, Picasso and Hockney have been drawn to its characters and themes. Lynne Lawner unearths rare plays, relates theatrical gossip, and shows why commedia's characters and their classic stories have come to life again and again, in myriad styles of theatre and art. THE PACKED WEIGHT OF THIS BOOK IS OVER 1KG, SO FOR UK FIRST CLASS AND INTERNATIONAL, ADDITIONAL POSTAGE COSTS WILL BE REQUIRED.