Carlo Osvaldo Goldoni was born in Venice in 1707, and died in Paris in 1793. He is known as an Italian writer and playwright. (Isn’t that an interesting word?)
He is considered one of the fathers of modern comedy, and is loved for his works in the Venetian dialect.
I admire this quote attributed to him:
“The world is a beautiful book, but of little use to him who cannot read it”.
The Goldoni Theatre is on Via Goldoni, in the San Marco sestiere.
There is a statue of him in Campo San Bartolomeo. The sculptor has given him a warm, happy face. He looks like a person you’d like to know.
Around the base of the statue are four faces representing various facets of theatre: tragedy, comedy and perhaps romance and drama.
Still on my list of things I might do while in Venice is a visit to Casa Goldoni in San Polo, the palazzo (then known as Ca’ Cenanni) where he was born, and which is now a museum dedicated to him.