Wide view of Venice: Piazza San Marco - Riva degli Schiavoni

ZACOMETO - Giacometto - Giacometo

A true Venetian Caratterista

Giacometto Spasemi, or Giacometo, more widely known as Zacometo - is a comic character from Venice - servant of Pantalone.

Zacometo was created in 1832 from Luigi Duse (grandfather of the famous actress Eleonora Duse) for the play "L’imbrogio delle tre muger di Iacopo Bonfio" (The scam of the three wives of Iacopo Bonfio), and it was a big success of public.

It was such an immediate hit that a series of comedies were written based on his character.
Did we ever think that the "TV series" were invented just a few years ago? LOL

Zacometo was fun-loving, always happy, permanently looking for money.

Also his attire was sort of remarkable: black wig with a downward pigtail, two heavy black marks as eyebrows, an XVIII century tricorn, blue jacket and flowery waistcoat, red trousers and white socks and ight black shoes with a buckle.

Hard to miss, really.

Anonymous Artist: Luigi Duse in the role of Giacometto
theatrical drawing (19th century) - Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venezia

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