Maschera caratterizzata oltre che da una forte miopia da una inguaribile e pertinace balbuzie, da cui il nome, è generalmente compresa, insieme a Pantalone e il Dottore, nel gruppo dei vecchi apparendo in numerosi scenari nella parte di uno degli Innamorati.
Tartaglia, short sighted and a terrible stutterer (hence the name), is usually classified as one of the group of old characters who appears in many scenarios as one of the Innamorati (lover).
It is thought he came into existence in 1630 thanks to a certain Beltrami from Verona. His social status varies; he is sometimes a bailiff, lawyer, notary or chemist. It was dramatist Carlo Gozzi who turned him into a statesman and so he remained.
Tartaglia enjoyed outstanding success in Naples where towards mid 17th century he was played by Carlo Merlino, followed by Agostino Fiorilli. In recent years Gianfranco Mauri in Goldoni’s “Arlecchino Servant of Two Masters” directed by Giorgio Strehler, gave an outstanding performance.
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