Pantalone: one of the most important Venice Masks


Pantalone is one of the most famous characters of the Commedia dell'arte. He represents the typical Venetian Merchant of the XVI° century.

The name seems to derive from the action of "planting the Lion's flag" into a grove when Venetian militaries won a battle: pianta–Leone panta–Leone. Others think that the name "Pantaleone" comes from a Greek clown mentioned in the works of Atheneus. Known also as Magnifico, Pantaleone has snug tights, a black hooked-nose mask, a little beard and a bag to which he hangs a knife (called "Pisoltese") used by Venetian Merchants.

As for his character, he is a heartbreaker who is always on the lookout for new prey such as courtesans, servants and young ladies. 

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