Visual Experiences in Cinquecento Theatrical Spaces
Through an interdisciplinary examination of sixteenth-century theatre, Visual Experiences in Cinquecento Theatrical Spaces studies the performative aspects of the early modern stage, paying special attention to the overlooked complexities of audience experience.
Examining the period’s philosophical and aesthetic ideas about space, place, and setting, the book shows how artists consciously moved away from traditional representations of real spaces on stage, instead providing their audiences with more imaginative and collaborative engagements that were untethered by strict definitions of naturalism. In this way, the book breaks with traditional interpretations of early modern staging techniques, arguing that the goal of artists in this period was not to cater to a single privileged viewer through the creation of a naturalistically unified stage but instead to offer up a complex multimedia experience that would captivate a diverse assembly of theatre-goers.
- Series: Toronto Italian Studies
- Division: Scholarly Publishing
- World Rights
- Page Count: 216 pages
- Illustrations: 35
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
"Visual Experiences in Cinquecento Theatrical Spaces is truly an enlightening book. This study excavates both visual and literary evidence to bring us into early modern Italian theatres in a way that is rarely achieved in cross-disciplinary studies. This book will speak not only to art historians but also to literary critics, and scholars in performance studies."
Kristin Phillips-Court, Department of French and Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Visual Experiences in Cinquecento Theatrical Spaces is an illuminating contribution to the study of early modern stage designs, namely, the creation and function of material apparati and ‘spatial practices’ that determined the actual, lived experience of theatre."
Sarah Ross, Department of History, Boston College
Author InformationJavier Berzal de Dios is Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Western Washington University.
Table of contents
Introduction: Striking the Stage
1. Magic and Mimesis: La Calandria and the Idea of Rome
2. The Artificial City on Stage
3. Palladio, Scamozzi, and the Built Theatre as Enclosure
4. The Medici Theatres, Political Aspirations, and Cognitive Autonomy
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