Penne a teatro, dal Rinascimento a Papageno

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Penne a teatro, from the Renaissance to Papageno

Corinna Tania Gallori

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The character from the most famous dress of the opera is certainly the Papageno bird from Mozart's Magic Flute (1791). However, he is not the most visible witness of a use that has already begun for some time. The tradition of covering some characters with feathers was in fact ancient and it is found with ever increasing frequency as one progresses during the sixteenth century. For example, in Florence in 1589 Bernardo Buontalenti intended to decorate some of the costumes with feathers - particularly those of the sirens - of the Pellegrina intermezzos; in 1599 in Stuttgart some Indians dressed in feathers paraded in the procession called "of the Queen of America"; and, still in Florence, in 1616 Giulio Parigi had dressed in feathers some characters of the War of Love. The tradition of making feathered costumes continued in the following centuries, until reaching Mozart's Papageno. The present intervention intends to deal with the use of pens in theatrical costumes. After examining the cultural value of pens in the European tradition, the impact of the discovery of America and the way in which the ars plumaria of the new continent intervened to integrate / modify the perception of this material will be taken into consideration. The presence of a costume adorned with feathers tends to characterize some types of characters and this happens due to precise historical reasons. The question of the material actually used will also be addressed, because instead of real feathers, the costumes were made with fake papier-mâché pens - as happened for example in the first mentioned Pellegrina.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Penne a teatro, from the Renaissance to Papageno
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationFashioning Opera and Musical Theatre: Stage Costumes in Europe from the Late Renaissance to 1900
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventConvegno internazionale di studi - Venezia, Fondazione Cini
Duration: 29 Mar 20121 Apr 2012


ConferenceConvegno internazionale di studi
CityVenezia, Fondazione Cini


  • Costumi teatrali
  • La Pellegina
  • Papageno
  • Penne


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