THE COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE
Venetian masks find their origin in the well-known and appreciated theatrical genre Commedia dell’Arte. Born in the 16th century, it had an enormous range of characters that the actors interpreted, fundamentally, on the basis of improvisation. Each character was represented with a mask that the spectators quickly identified.
At that time many people had no culture or studies, so they adopted this representation to identify, for example, the stingy merchant Pantalone, Polichinela, Balanzone… and another series of characters that, over time, have become the living image of one of the most important theatrical genres in history.