Italian theatre: Commedia dell’arte, with Pulcinella eating maccheroni.

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Italian theatre: Commedia dell’arte, with Pulcinella eating maccheroni.

Oil on canvas, restored and relined. 
In wooden gilt frame.

The theatrical scene with Pulcinella eating pasta with his hands.

Hunger and macaroni was Pulcinella's obsessions. And he was a "Scanse labors" character.
Around him: on the left - Pantalone, a character of Venetian origins, on the right with a colored dress - Harlequin, originally from Bergamo, and in the center with the black Balanzone dress, of Bolognese origins.
In the eighteenth century pasta had a strong diffusion in Naples and in the Amalfi coast area. Pasta could be bought in the kiosks along the streets (how many prints and paintings of the time!) And was eaten with your hands, without seasoning or sprinkled with pepper and with white cheese.