A pompous lawyer, a sleazy marriage broker and a Levantine Jew all walk into a bar...
Giorgione, Double Portrait
Rome, Palazzo Venezia
In the opening scene of L'Ebreo, Giovanni Barba, a love-struck bachelor, and his best friend Girolamo Amieri jump into the midst of an ongoing story.
The Triumph of Carnival, North Italian woodcut (16th C.)
A CARNEVALE, OGNI CARNE VALE!
No one knows who said it first. It's an old Italian proverb.
And please, don't even try to translate it.*