ArtBabble: Antoine Watteau en "The Italian Comedians," probably 1720, Antoine Watteau <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-series"> <div class="field-label">Series:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/series/childrens-video-tour-time-travel">Children&#039;s Video Tour-Time Travel</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-institution"> <div class="field-label">Institution:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/partner/national-gallery-art-washington">National Gallery of Art, Washington</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Young viewers can enjoy the show in Antoine Watteau’s 18th-century painting “The Italian Comedians,” which was inspired by performances of the “Comedie Italienne,” a troupe of Italian actors who performed throughout France in the 17th and 18th centuries. The figures in Watteau’s painting are dressed in costumes typical of the “commedia dell'arte” theater, and depict masked stock characters such as the clown, the musician, and the old man. Can you spot the jester? On view in the West Building, Gallery 54. <a href="" title="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>-----</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Antoine Watteau Commedia dell'arte European Painting For Kids Italian Painting Painting theatre Learning to Look National Gallery of Art, Washington 948a8ad27f4c56eb Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:36:14 +0000 s-sarraf 8831 at