Visual Experiences in Cinquecento Theatrical Spaces

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2019 - Architecture - 203 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Striking the Stage
3
La Calandria and the Idea of Rome
10
2 The Artificial City on Stage
37
3 Palladio Scamozzi and the Built Theatre as Enclosure
72
4 The Medici Theatres Political Aspirations and Cognitive Autonomy
104
Notes
133
Bibliography
168
Index
199
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