Collezione Maria Signorelli




Scripts (in manuscript or otherwise) of 19th- and 20th-century puppet and marionette plays



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 one hundred scripts for puppet and marionette plays dating from the end of the nineteenth century on. 

Mainly in manuscript,, they belonged to famous Italian companies, from that of the Turin marionettist Luigi Aimino (1880-81. Garibaldi and the three hunchbacks, among others), to the Pallavicini family (Napoleon at the Battle of Marengo, Christopher Columbus), to the Genoese marionettist Giovanni Pavero (From the Dolmech oracle), to the puppeteer Oliviero Salici (The Seduced Woman of 1922, Samson, Giovanni Stofel, called Cavalentino, of 1900). 

The authors of many scripts are still unknown: among these are Fagiolino the poet, Filippa’s parrot (1914), Sandrone king of the mamelukes (perhaps belonging to Ferrari), The ninety-nine misfortunes of Facanąpa, Arlecchino and Facanąpa returning from their studies in Padua (1931) and The Calabrian Brigands - Mysteries of the night (1940).







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