Sior Tonin Bonagrazia

[Image of Sior Tonin Bonagrazia]This character was created by Carlo Goldoni in 1745 and represents the son of a Venetian merchant who had bought for 10 ducats, less than the cost of a donkey, the nobility of Torcello for his own stupid son.

The mask had little success in the public theatres from its first appearance in the comedy "Il frappatore". Success however came later.

The Torcello nobleman wore an old costume of the 18th century bourgeoisie with short stockings up to the knee. He wore a beautiful tricorn on his head, and around his neck and on his fingers, he wore flashy jewels with precious gems "barely out of the mines of Murano" i.e. not really precious jewels, but simply colored glass.