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The collection is comprised of prints and several drawings of sets and architectural plans by Italian Renaissance and Baroque scenographers, such as Bernardo Buontalenti, Giulio Parigi, Giacomo Torelli, Ferdinando Tacca, and members of the Bibiena family. The collection also focuses on a specific theatrical genre: the commedia dell'arte. Commedia dell'arte characters and masks, performances, and roles played by well-known actors are represented. Included are etchings of commedia dell'arte characters by prominent printmakers Jacques Callot, Henri and Nicolas Bonnart, and Charles-Nicolas Cochin. Reproductive prints illustrate the reception of the oeuvre of Claude Gillot, Antoine Watteau, and François de Troy. Printed ephemera also shed light on the variety of uses of commedia dell'arte imagery, and its social and historical context.
- Actors -- Portraits.
- Ballet -- Stage-setting and scenery.
- Commedia dell'arte.
- Festivals -- Italy.
- Improvisation (Acting)
- Opera -- Stage-setting and scenery.
- Stage machinery.
- Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery.
- Theater -- History -- 16th century.
- Theater -- History -- 17th century.
- Theater -- History -- 18th century.
- Theaters -- Europe -- Designs and plans.