commedia dell'arte at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:
1877, from It., lit. "comedy of art." ///
commedia dell'arte at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
Italian theatrical form that flourished throughout Europe in the 16th-18th cent. The characters, many portrayed by actors wearing masks (incl. the witty gentleman's valet Harlequin, the Venetian merchant Pantelone, the honest and simpleminded servant Pierrot, the maidservant Columbina, the unscrupulous servant Scaramouche, and the braggart captain or Capitano), were derived from the exaggeration or parody of regional or stock fictional types. The style emphasized improvisation within a framework of conventionalized masks and stock situations. It was acted by professional companies using vernacular dialects and plenty of comic action; the first known commedia dell'arte troupe was formed in 1545. Outside Italy, it had its greatest success in France as the Comé die-Italienne; in England, it was adapted in the harlequinade and the Punch-and-Judy show. See also Andrieni family.
commedia dell'arte at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:
n : Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from
standardized situations and stock characters