Pulcinella's secret. Further hypotheses on the etiology of the double hump in an Italian 16th-century mask

Published: 18 May 2016
Author(s): Nicolò Zanchi, Giovanni Zatti, Daniele Munegato, Michele Augusto Riva
Issue: May 2016
Section: Letters to the Editor

The masked performers of the Commedia dell'arte – a form of comedy that began in Italy during the sixteenth century – represent stereotypical figures that became the archetypes of many of the modern characters known worldwide, influencing famous playwrights, such as Shakespeare, Molière and Goldoni. Recently, Armocida et al. focused their attention on the physical characteristics of Pulcinella, who is one of the most renowned masks of Neapolitan tradition [1].