Commedia Dell'Arte - Fest der Komödianten/Carnival of Comedy

Meissen, Ansbach, Berlin, Frankenthal, Fulda, Hoscht, Ludwigsburg, Kelsterbach, Capodimonte, Sevres

Commedia Dell'Arte - Fest der Komödianten/Carnival of Comedy
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Article code07080
Commedia Dell'Arte - Fest der Komödianten/Carnival of Comedy Players
333 pages
color and b&w photos
Hard cover with dust jacket in slipcase
30 x 25 cm
3,066 kg
German with English translation in separate book(last photo)

From the sixteenth century until well into the eighteenth century, the comedia dell'arte, a popular Italian type of improvised comic theatricals, cast its spell on a large and diverse audience. Here an exuberant joy of living was reflected in a protrayal of all aspects of life exaggerated with pomposity and humour. No medium was better suited than precious porcelain to immortalise the vivacious performance of the comedians on the stage, let alone surpass their exaltation. No other subject produced a similar symbiotic relationship between the downright expressionist sculptures executed by the porcelain modellers and their heightening with brilliant colours by the porcelain painters in their astounding depiction of the costumes. Still today, these 'luxurious creatures' enthral the observer with the splendour of the Baroque, with that particular 'joie de vivre' of a grand ?poche. Delighted, we enter a bygone world where to enjoy life was the highest good.

A magnificent celebration of the porcelain figures produced in the 18th and 19th centuries by many European factories featuring figures from the 18th century Italian Commedia dell'Arte. The main volume is in German, but is profusely illustrated with beautiful photographs, and a translation of the main text is provided in the companion softcover volume. The third volume illustrates and discusses (in German) the 18th century prints that provided the basis for many of the porcelain figures. Porcelain manufactories covered include Meissen, Ansbach, Berlin, Frankenthal, Furstenberg, Fulda, Hoscht, Ludwigsburg, Kelsterbach, Nymphenburg, Vienna, Thuringia, Wurzburg, English factories, Capodimonte, Sevres, Doccia, and Zurich.