Spring 1945 • Vol. VII No. 2 Book Reviews |

Brief Comment: From Art to Theatre: Form and Convention in the Renaissance

From Art To Theatre: Form And Convention In The Renaisance by George R. Kernodle. University of Chicago. $5.00. This beautiful volume is less From Art to Theatre than From Theatre, to Art, to Theatre. Professor Kernodle contends that the various Renaissance stages owed little to medieval drama (a processionalized frieze of "pagani" and "mansions") but a great deal to the arcade screens of the Greek theatre. Medieval and early Renaissance artists and sculptors adapted the arcade screen to the purposes of their art, made it a nucleus for space-organization. From painting and sculpture it was transferred, as arcade fagade, center pavilion, or side-house frame, to tableaux vivants and street-shows; thence to the theatre. Kernodle's text and unusual series of illustrations amply prove his main contention. Developed variation of the Greek theatre façade, on the principle of flat versus center versus side-accent, will undoubtedly account for the diverse forms of the various Renais

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