commedia dell'arte

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Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters

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Travelling troupes had been presenting Commedia Dell Arte for over two hundred years before Carlo Goldoni transcribed the improvised lines of the Commedia actors in 1748 and created A Servant of Two Masters.
Recent exhibitions on Commedia dell arte in porcelain at Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin and at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, the latter accompanied by Meredith Chilton's book on the subject, have created a prominent trend in the world of ceramics.
2) For example, Derek Connon sees ghosts of commedia in his views of Marivaux ("The Servant as Master: Three Plays of Marivaux," in Studies in Commedia dell Arte, ed.