What inspired commedia dell arte?

Origins of Commedia dell’Arte Commedia began to take its populist form in the 15th-16th centuries and most likely came about as an evolution of carnival and the rustic street giullare (itinerant satirical storytelling jesters).

What does commedia dell’arte literally mean?

comedy of art

commedia dell’arte in British English
(Italian kɔmˈmeːdia delˈlarte ) noun. a form of popular comedy developed in Italy during the 16th to 18th centuries, with stock characters such as Punchinello, Harlequin, and Columbine, in situations improvised from a plot outline. Word origin. Italian, literally: comedy of art.