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PREFERRED TERM
2279Zanni  
NARROWER CONCEPTS
RELATED CONCEPTS
ENTRY TERMS
  • Servants
SCOPE NOTE
  • Types of comic servants, the zanni or zani of the improvisational Italian Commedia dell’ arte take on various names (Arlecchino, Scaramuccia, Pulcinella, Scapini etc.) and wear respective costumes and masks. In each scenario, that formed the canvas on which the performances were based, there was at least one pair of servants, who often played contrasting roles, the first a cunning and witty valet who carries the plot and the second a dull-witted foil, a simpleminded, awkward character, helping to highlight his partner's spirit.
SOURCE
  • Richards & Richards 2006
  • Rudlin 1994
CONTRIBUTOR
  • Vernardaki Eleni (AA)
CREATOR
  • Goulis Helen (AA)
IN OTHER LANGUAGES

French

German

Zani
URI
https://humanitiesthesaurus.academyofathens.gr/dyas-resource/Concept/2279
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