Famous Italian Masked
Comedy Italy, circa 1550-1700
Dozens of unusual, decorated art masks and
wall sculptures from Italy to decorate homes, hotels, offices, & clubs.
Gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduation, parties, Christmas,
Hannuka, Easter and Halloween .
performers, mask collectors love these rare original Italian art masks.
Masks were extremely
popular in Italy during the middle ages. Actors entertained audiences with
their antics which often reflected the current scandals and politics of the
Some of the most well known characters are:
mischievous, prankster. Few inhibitions. Spontaneous and outspoken-even
Old miser of Venice. Chases
ladies. Very gullible and taken advantage of by everyone. Large protruding
nose. Very agile.
The Captain. A very long
nosed Spanish soldier. A braggart, who is in reality scared of his own shadow,
like the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz)
Nascone- Dr. Peste
The plague doctor. Large
penguin-like nose originally was filled with spices that were intended to ward
off the plague in the Middle Ages. He meddles in everyone's business.
A witty but cruel and
dishonest character from Naples. A fat bellied hunchback. Large nose resembles
that of a parrot's beak. Carries a stick.
The neutral mask has
virtually no expression. Impossible to show any feelings except by use of the
body. Useful for teaching acting.
Famous for his love of a
lady, but his very long nose made him self-conscious and shy.
(More information is available from libraries under the subject: Commedia
dell'Arte. Italy. q.v.)