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Bernardo Buontalenti

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture.

 (1531–1608) Italian architect, engineer, and sculptor.

As well as being a competent designer of military architecture, Buontalenti had a varied career, designing very inventive...

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Greek drama

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

The classical Greek drama which reached its maturity in the 5th and 4th centuries bc was in fact Athenian drama: for although every Greek city and many a large city ...

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John Bury

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

(1925–2000)

English scenographer. After the war he joined Littlewood's Theatre Workshop, designing and constructing scenery and driving the van. His groundbreaking designs there...

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Josef Furttenbach

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Theatre.

(1591–1667).

German architect. He prepared a guide-book for Italy (1626) and made his base in Ulm, where he wrote several books on architecture, including Architectura Civilis...

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Olimpico, Teatro

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An early modern playhouse designed by Palladio for the Olympian Academy in Vicenza, still in use. This circle of learned connoisseurs took an interest in the revival of classical drama ...

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painting of scenes

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

Since the early modern period the European theatre has been a painter's theatre, from its picture-frame proscenium to its painted perspective to its adoption of styles and movements from...

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scenery

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

Stage decoration that creates a setting (or set or decor) for dramatic action. Scenery may range from the highly emblematic to the precisely mimetic (see mimesis). In the former case ...

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stage machinery

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Mechanical devices used to make quick scene changes and increase realism. The Greeks employed the mechane for propulsion through the air, and the ekkyklema for movement forward. Machinery...

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Vitruvius

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture.

(fl. 1st century bc),

Roman architect and military engineer. He wrote a comprehensive ten-volume treatise on architecture which includes matters such as acoustics and water supply...

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