Venezia header: Piazza San Marco - Riva degli Schiavoni
Watercolor by Giovanni Grevembroch: "Frombolatore"
Giovanni Grevembroch: "Frombolatore"
watercolor (18th century)

FROMBOLATORE

Here is another version of the Mattasin mask, more elegant and elaborated.

The costume was usually as comfortable as possible (so he could take a fast way out?), it was light, short and well arranged so they could obtain the best accuracy.

At a certain point in time, the game of throwing perfumed eggs at ladies walking in the street got so widely diffused (and annoying ...).

At this point the Venice Republic government decided to build nets in the San Marco Procuratie (the arcades all around the square) where the noble ladies were taking their daily walk, to protect them from the frombolatores' smelly attentions.


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