ABSTRACT

This essay is devoted to the study of Lettere sopra l’arte di imitazione (Letters on the art of imitation), a treatise on acting by the actor Angelo Canova, written in 1829 and published in 1839. The essays opens with the biography of Canova (1781-1854) then it deals with the treatise three sections: the first on the preliminary training to become a professional actor, the second on the study required to be a good actor, the third on the development of theatrical art through the ages and the best ways to work as an actor on professional stage. The essays highlights the relationship of the Lettere sopra l’arte di imitazione with the theories of acting of the past centuries, and points out the relevance of Canovas’ treatise in the debate on the actor’s moral, social and political commitment in contemporary society.  

BIOGRAFIA

Alberto Bentoglio è Professore Ordinario di Storia del teatro e dello spettacolo all’Università degli Studi di Milano. Tra le sue principali opere: L'arte del capocomico: biografia critica di Salvatore Fabbrichesi (Roma, Bulzoni, 1994); Antonio Colomberti, Memorie di un artista drammatico (Roma, Bulzoni, 2004); Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore di Pirandello per Giorgio De Lullo (Pisa, ETS, 2007); Antonio Colomberti, Dizionario biografico degli attori italiani (Roma, Bulzoni, 2009); Milano, città dello spettacolo (Milano, Unicopli, 2014); 20 lezioni su Giorgio Strehler (Imola, Cue Press, 2020). alberto.bentoglio@unimi.it

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