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Francesco Bertelli: 
"Cochalino Innamorato" (Cochalino in Love) - Il Carnevale Italiano Mascherato - etching (1642)
Francesco Bertelli: "Cochalino Innamorato" (Cochalino in Love)
Il Carnevale Italiano Mascherato - etching (1642)

Cochalino Innamorato

(Cochalino in Love)

There is really no info about the story of this mask. But it looks, from a little analysis of what is said about him in the various versions of this etching, that:

  • Cochalino seems to be an old guy that uses a mask to pretend to have a better look, so he can be accepted by the lady he loves
  • The poor guy has got a hunchback, and dresses like a monk
  • The lute he plays is kind of strange looking: it has two set of heads with 6 tuning keys each: low and high octave?
  • This lute looks a lot like the colascione.
    Cochalino ... colascione ... sort of an anagram?

“Cochalino Innamorato qual,
Sfoga l'Ardor suo col
Canto verso la sua Diva”

“Cochalino in Love who,
lets out his Ardor with
Singing towards his Diva”


Cochalino becomes a little more daring in
another version of the same image, offering money for a kiss:

“Colonna voi donarve un bel zecchin
Se quado mi ve fago un repeton
Abbandone delongo quel balcon
c'vegni a dar un baso a Coccalin”

“Colonna I will give you one nice Gold Coin
If when it comes I may repeat my song
Leave soon that balcony
and come and give a kiss to Coccalin”


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