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Born amidst the tremendously productive cultural backdrop of the Italian Renaissance, Commedia dell'Arte is an art form that continues to inspire theatrical groups around the world. In the city of Chicago, it's spirit is still an integral part of the city's thriving improvisational comedy scene. It makes sense that Northwestern University would have a wonderful collection of masks created by Antonio Fava, the noted contemporary master of this art form. Visitors can click on the "Biography" tab to learn about Fava, and they will also want to peruse the "Commedia dell'Arte" section to learn more about how this art form was created by Carlo Goldoni. The collection was purchased with a grant from the estate of Dorothy Jean Adams, and this website presents photos and 3D molds that will allow a wider public to appreciate these masks. The "Masks" area is the signature aspect of the site, and it includes magnificent images of five masks, including those that represent the spirit of "pulcinella" (the chicken) and "pantaloon" (the foolish old man).
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