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Gozzi, Gasparo

Franco Bernabei

in Oxford Art Online


Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T033923

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(b Venice, Dec 4, 1713; d Padua, Dec 26, 1786).

Italian writer. The brother of the playwright Carlo Gozzi, and the husband of the poet Luisa Bergalli, he was a theatrical impresario, an essayist, novelist and short story writer and the editor of La Gazzetta veneta and L’Osservatore veneto, journals in the new style of the Enlightenment. His most successful works were short stories, rich in pungent dialogue and sharp observations of contemporary society and morals. At a time when admiration for French culture and political thought had a strong influence on opinion in Italy, he recognized the greatness of Dante’s poetry, appreciated the originality of Carlo Goldoni’s plays, and translated many European literary texts into Italian. He was interested in the moral implications of painting, which he believed should be concerned with the significant moments of everyday life and express the advanced social ideals of the Enlightenment. He disliked the Baroque, and two essays he wrote for La Gazzetta veneta...

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