Italian comedians in renaissance prints

Katritzky, M. A. (1987). Italian comedians in renaissance prints. The Print Quarterly, 4(3) pp. 236–254.



The servant-master partnership is the comic core of the commedia dell'arte. This article considers some representations of the theatrical servant-master pair in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century popular prints, and publishes several previously unknown signed and dated prints of the 1580s by Ambrogio Brambilla. These identify Brambilla for the first time as a significant Italian artist of commedia dell'arte related compositions.

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