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Renaissance Drama

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Renaissance Drama Renaissance, followed Middle Ages, means “rebirth” Focus on classical learning, physics, astronomy, “new world” Humanities – study of human achievements Italian theater depended on portable stages, but needed more like a Greek theater The Ten Books of Architecture by Virtuvius gave outlines Frons scaena – flat front wall used in the Roman theater Olympic Theater in Vicenza designed by Andrea Palladio, famous still used today o Worked well for Roman plays but not Renaissance plays New Italian theaters had scenery and painted backdrops Olympic theater used 3D scenery The theory of vanishing-point perspective (by Filippo Brunelleschi) helped revolutionize the design of flat theatrical backdrops More realistic, all lines converged to the middle Sebastiano Serlio used this technique to establish all purpose settings for comedy, tragedy, and satire o Comedy/tragedy – used a piazza (small town square) ringed by stone buildings o Satire – rusting setting, trees, bushes, cottages PROSCENIUM ARCH – “frame” that surrounds the stage, permitting the audience to look in on the scene, whether in a room or in a town square (distanced the actors, still common today)
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