Monument to Carlo Goldoni, Venice

Monument to Carlo Goldoni, Venice (must see)

Carlo Goldoni was born in Venice in 1707 in the Gothic palace called Ca' Centanni. He is one of the most famous playwrights of Italy, having transformed the more conventional “commedia dell’arte” of the time from a vehicle for semi-improvised clowning into a medium for sharp political observation. Goldoni took to himself the task of overriding masks and intrigue by representations of actual life and manners through the characters and their behaviors. He rightly maintained that Italian life and manners were susceptible of artistic treatment such as had not been given them before.

This dramatic revolution, though attempted, was never achieved before. Goldoni's importance lay in providing good examples rather than precepts, and he took for his models the plays of Molière, although his plays are gentler and more optimistic in tone than those of Molière. They are still the staple of theatrical life in Venice, and there’s no risk of running out of material – allegedly, he once bet a friend that he could produce one play a week for a whole year, and won.

His monument, made by the sculptor Antonio Dal Zòtto in 1883, still stands in San Bartolomeo Square, a stone's throw from the Rialto Bridge, though similar monuments can be found in Florence and even in Paris, where he eventually exiled himself. After his move to France, his plays took on a clear anti-clerical tone and often satirized the hypocrisy of monks and of the Church.

In his memoirs, Goldoni paints himself as a born comedian, careless, light-hearted and with a happy temperament, proof against all strokes of fate, yet thoroughly respectable and honorable.

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Sight Name: Monument to Carlo Goldoni
Sight Location: Venice, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour   Rialto Brige Area Walking Tour  

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San Marco Souvenir Shops

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Travel Distance: 1.9 km
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km

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