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Grade 6 - 8, High School History, Drama

Commedia dell’Arte

Please note: Commedia dell’Arte is offered as a half-day program only.

Who were Harlequin and Pantaloon, and what do they have in common with modern characters? How was Commedia dell’Arte a forerunner of improvisation? Learn the answers to these questions and more by exploring our renowned collection of 18th-century European porcelain.

  • Links: Visual Arts, English Literature, Drama
  • Studio project: Dramatic masks

Students take a tour followed by a hands-on workshop. This program is only available as a half day.


Program Details

$15*Full-Day Program
$9*Half-Day Program
$7Guided Tour
Free**Unguided Tour

* Optional $3 kiln firing fee. Firing takes 10 to 14 business days. Please add a $5 processing fee per group.

** Registration required, please fill out the form by clicking “Book a Visit” button below.

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1. The Greeting Harlequin (detail), Germany, Meissen, c.1740, Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.908

2. Seated Drummer, Tala-Tonalá style
Mexico, Jalisco
300 B.C. - A.D. 200
Earthenware with white on red slip paint
Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.56

3. Shaman’s Head (II), 2006, Gift of the Museum of Inuit Art G16.13.8

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