Collezione Maria Signorelli





Toy rod, glove and string puppets  




Life of Maria Signorelli

Puppets of Maria Signorelli  

The Puppets of Maria Signorelli - i fantocci

The fairy tales, nursery rhymes and films

Shows with classical and modern texts, films

  The ballets of Maria  Signorelli


Podrecca Fund 

Trieste puppets


19th-20th century Italian rod and glove puppets

18th century Italian marionettes 

19th-20th century Italian marionettes 

20th century foreign rod and string puppets 

Eastern and Wayang puppets and marionettes

Sicilian, Pugliese and Neapolitan puppets  


Shadow puppets


Toy rod, glove and string puppets    

Seven trunks of stage properties

  Paper and card theatres, sets and characters   



Italian and foreign literature on the history and techniques of puppet theatre

Toy theatres  

Scripts of puppet and marionette plays  

Posters of puppet theatre productions and festivals

The exhibitions



This section comprises marionettes and puppets of various type (finger, cone and rod) constructed from the first years of the twentieth century up to our own times,  totalling around 330 items. 

Of various sizes, from roughly 10 to 50cm tall, they are made of all kinds of materials (cloth, wood, plaster, papier mâché) and come from several countries and continents.

 There is a showcase of Pinocchios from all over the world (25 items), a series of Japanese finger puppets with polished white papier mâché heads, a group of single-string marionettes from Pakistan, with brightly coloured silk costumes and, from Italy, some charming Bibì and Bibò marionettes from the 1950s with faces painted with playful irony. 

There is another showcase of fifteen festive little ‘cone’ marionettes from all over the world, as also forty finger puppets with which complete fairy tales can be re-enacted. Finally, there are thirty little marionettes of Italian commedia dell’arte characters, dating from the 1950s. 

All this section of the collection was the subject of an exhibition entitled Burattini per giocare (Puppets to play with) mounted at the Palazzo Rospigliosi in Zagarolo in April 2002.






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