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The Neapolitan mask: Pulcinella | Venipedia®

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A characteristic mask from Naples that identifies with the radiance and sympathy of Southern Italy, infusing joy with its vivacity and lightheartedness. It is interesting that this jolly, cheerful and slightly deceiving character entered into the heart of the great painter Giandomenico Tiepolo, who dedicated many frescoes to the individual.

A typical Campania mask whose origin seems to be linked to Atella, which was one of the oldest Oscan cities to have acquired the title of Roman civitas, and due to the Fabula Atellana (Atellan Farce)it is also considered one of the original sites of ancient theater. It is from precisely these areas that some subjects, whose names are often placed side by side with Pulcinella for their similarity to the mask, go back to: Maccus characterized by a nose in the form of a beak, Dossenus identified by an obvious hump, Bucco known for his huge mouth and finally Pappus known for his gluttony and indomitable hunger.

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Maschera Pulcinella.
Incisione tratta da Francesco Bertelli, Carnevale italiano mascherato, Venezia, 1642.

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