l'ebreo comm[edi]a bozza =
the jew comedy rough draft
Michelangelo Buonarroti the Younger left us more than two hundred pages of dialogue, stage notes and song lyrics for L'Ebreo - but not a complete and final draft of this intriguing and often very funny comedy.
So, in the course of four hundred years - from 1614 until now - the work was never performed nor published nor even circulated in manuscript.
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.*