Item #POS141 Masaccio. Bread, Puppet Theater.


Florence, Italy. Nazionale Firenze, 1970s. 39 ¼ x 27 ½ in. Offset poster. In good condition with small open tear to the bottom corner as well as a closed tear to the left side of approximately an inch. The poster is relatively creased throughout, as it had been folded at one time. Item #POS141

The great Bread and Puppet theatre began as a weekly puppet show by the Schuman family, who had recently emigrated from Germany, and throughout the 1960s expanded to large scale performances of puppetry, street theatre, and activist demonstrations. In the 1970s they settled in Vermont, where they received patronage by Goddard college. Since that time they have performed nationally and internationally, always keeping in line with their manifesto of cheap art and engagement with political activism and progressive causes.

Masaccio was a performance drawn from studying the Frescos of the Quatrocento painter Massacio during a residency in Florence, in which Bread and Puppet created tremendous sets, puppets, and costumes based on Masaccio’s frescos. This poster advertises an exhibition of these works.