This Capitano Commedia mask is one of the more architectural designs in the collection. This mask reflects the severity of the stock character as well as celebrating his egoistic characteristics. Capitano is the braggert soldier always ready for a fight and prepared to run and retreat as soon as any real danger presents itself.
Capitano is one of the 4 main stock characters of the commedia dell’Arte. He has endless made up stories about his fictitious conquests and victories. He has been referred to as peacock that has molted all but one of his tail feathers.
The Commedia dell’Arte emerged in the late 1500’s and has remained a staple of theatrical entertainment since that time. It is a highly stylized physical form of theatre that plays off the conventions of society as well as the conventions of theatre.