Splendore e vetustà della maschera di stoffa
between myth and theater, matter and technique
Foreword and afterword Luciano Mariti
size cm 14×21 , paperback with flaps
Scritti di Teatro Series
- The seriousness of the research work in the complexity and originality of the topics covered, through consultations of ancient texts, supported by his skills of over fifty years also in other areas (painting, sculpture, scenography and restoration).
- The absolute novelty of the theme and the richness of the images of the masks made.
- The ancient technique discovered and experimented to realize the cloth masks is illustrated, in a detailed and explanatory way, in a useful chapter.
- The graphic set of drawings by the author (executed with the comb technique), faithful to the original iconography, an indispensable corollary of the topics examined.
Ezio Flammia is an artist and set designer, master and historian of the art of papier-mâché. He is the author of Maschere di stoffa, di ferro. Mito materia e ragione (Rome 1996); Storia dell’arte della cartapesta – La tecnica universale (Rome 2011); Fare cartapesta e scultura di stoffa (Rome 2014); Storia dell’arte della cartapesta (Preface by Claudio Strinati- Rome 2017); L’arte della maschera di stoffa (Prefazione e postfazione di Luciano Mariti – Roma 2022). He has led numerous workshops, in Italy and abroad, for the study and production of masks and puppets. He has created sets and costumes for 22 plays, collaborated in the production of variety in the early evening for TV-Rai 2. He has directed 2 puppet shows with his stick puppets in metal mesh. His works are part of the collections of 9 Italian and 2 foreign museums. In 1996 he received: at the Chamber of Deputies (Sala del Cenacolo), the international lifetime achievement award for the arts “La Plejade” and in 1967, the 1st prize “Conseil Mondial de la Paix”- Vienna. He has restored important papier-mâché works for the National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions in Rome. His solo exhibitions have been promoted by Cultural Institutes and public bodies, in Italy and abroad.
Luciano Mariti, Professor of Performing Arts, was Director of the Department of Performing Arts and Sciences of the University of Rome La Sapienza. Among the publications: Commedia Ridicolosa. Comici di professione, dilettanti, editoria teatrale nel Seicento, 1978; Il paese di Carnevale, 1983; Don Giovanni o l’estrema avventura del teatro, 2003, together with Silvia Carandini; La Giudiata. The living tradition of an anonymous Sacred Representation of the 15th century, 2011. Curated, together with Rino Caputo and Florinda Nardi, since 2013, the annual volumes of the acts of Culture del Teatro moderno e contemporaneo.