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Grade 6 - 8, High School History, Drama

Commedia Dell’arte

Harlequin Unmasked

Who were Harlequin and Pantaloon, and what do they have in common with modern characters?  Why was Commedia a forerunner of improvisation? Find out the answer to these and other questions by looking at our Commedia dell’arte collection.

  • Links: Visual arts, English literature, Drama
  • Studio project: Dramatic masks

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


Program Details

$25Full-Day Program
$29Half-Day Program
$26Guided Tour
$25Unguided Tour

$3 Kiln Firing Fee*
*Optional: Firing takes 10 to 14 business days.
$5 per group processing fee

Book a Visit

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. Carl Beam (Canadian, 1943-2005)
The Whale of Our Being, c.2003
Earthenware with iron oxide decoration
Museum Purchase, G03.9.1