Painting: Maschere della commedia italiana: Capitan Babbeo e Cucuba.
Museum: Milano - Museo Teatrale alla Scala.
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The masks in this painting are known as half masks. They were worn by players in the Italian Commedia dell'Arte, which was popular in the 16th century. The characters portrayed in Commedia dell'Arte were always very exaggerated. The masks, made of animal skins and later papier mâché were designed to contribute to these exaggerations.