7. The Performing Venue: The Visual Play of Italian Courtly Theatres in the Sixteenth Century

  1. Caroline van Eck1 and
  2. Stijn Bussels2
  1. Lex Hermans

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396744.ch7

Theatricality in Early Modern Art and Architecture

Theatricality in Early Modern Art and Architecture

How to Cite

Hermans, L. (2011) The Performing Venue: The Visual Play of Italian Courtly Theatres in the Sixteenth Century, in Theatricality in Early Modern Art and Architecture (eds C. van Eck and S. Bussels), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396744.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Leiden University, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Author Information

  1. Leiden University, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 14 APR 2011

Book Series:

  1. Art History Book Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. David Peters Corbett3 and
  2. Christine Riding4

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of East Anglia, London, Uk

  2. 4

    Tate, London, Uk

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444339024

Online ISBN: 9781444396744

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Keywords:

  • performing venue - the visual play of Italian courtly theatres in the sixteenth century;
  • Italian society, of sixteenth century - ‘theatrical’; Peter Burke dubbing it a società spettacolo;
  • religious and civic rituals, and acts of government - conceived as performances;
  • humanists, their desire for theatre to become public - Raffaele Riario, offering performances of classical theatre to citizens of Rome;
  • courtly theatres, not exclusively for performance of plays - but as multi-purpose halls;
  • theatres, resembling festive apparati - ephemeral, expensive decorations, princely weddings, or state funerals;
  • statues and paintings of gods, heroes, emperors - courtly theatres tied into tradition of the viri illustri;
  • images of viri illustri, history paintings - as models, influence from collectivity to collectivity;
  • frescoes, in Sabbioneta's theatre hall - a category, to understand compared with decoration of backdrop of a stage;
  • agency, courtly venues of sixteenth century - not just hosting stage plays, but performing through and by themselves

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Origins, Size, and Audiences

  • Elements of Decoration

  • Agency