Venezia header: Piazza San Marco - Riva degli Schiavoni
Engraving by Francesco Bertelli: "Maschera da Bullo" - 1642
Francesco Bertelli: "Maschera da Bullo"
Il Carnevale Italiano Mascherato - engraving (1642)


(Show-Off mask)

The "bullo" is in Italian, what can be translated by "bully".
But it's not the case here.

It may mean something more like "show-off" as the masked guy pretends to have done such courageous acts, fighting around.

"Masch: da Bullo che va narrando
le bravure, ch'a fatto in Italia"

"Mask of a Show-off that is talking about
all the brave acts he has done in Italy"

It is interesting to see here how the idea of "Italia" is presented as some sort of a foreign land, as it was in those times.

We are with all probability talking about the XVI century.

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