- Early Modern Theatricality
- List of Illustrations
- list of Abbreviations
- Notes On Contributors
- Dumb show
- Index of Plays
- General Index
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter examines transitions in theatrical representation from the multiple presentation areas of the medieval pageants to the fixed stage of the Renaissance period designated for the performance of plays that we associate with the early modern theatre. It also considers some of the performative conventions that persisted, including the use of statues, paintings, and fabric to personify ideas, along with the more conventional body of the actor. By focusing on foundational images pertaining to the history of the European stage, the chapter offers a glimpse into the nature of early modern ‘theatricality’: the practices, representational strategies, and organizing principles that defined dramatic performance from the late fourteenth through to the sixteenth centuries.
Laura Weigert is Associate Professor of Art History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is the author of Weaving Sacred Stories: Narratives of Saints and the Performance of Clerical Identity (Cornell, 2004) and of Images in Action: The Theatricality of Late Medieval French Art (Cambridge, forthcoming). Her articles have appeared in Art History, The Oxford Art Journal, Gesta, Studies in Iconography, The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, EMF: Studies in Early Modern France, and in numerous collections of essays.
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