Harlequin in renaissance pictures

Katritzky, M. A. (1997). Harlequin in renaissance pictures. Renaissance Studies, 11(4) pp. 381–419.


Identifies and classifies early modern depictions of Harlequins and other comic performers in patched costume. The Harlequin costume can e traced to the commedia dell'arte tradition and seems to have been a role first established by Tristano Martinelli (1557-1630) while performing in Paris. Some early Harlequin depictions reflect specific performances by Martinelli himself, some are general depictions of stage practice and custom, and others are based on iconographic precedents.

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