Dalla Latte — Milk seller — Zompini — Arti #16

Gaetano Zompini - Arti che vanno per via - plate 16 - Dalla Latte - Milk seller

Dalla Latte — plate 16

The Arti che vanno per via nella città di Venezia (1753, 1770, 1785, etc.), by Gaetano Zompini (1700–1778), contains sixty engravings of common, mostly poor people, peddling their trades on the streets of Venice in the mid-1700s.


Per barca tanto late avemo usanza
Portar zo da Campalto, e Botenigo,
Che in tuta la Citae ghe n’è abondanza.


By boat much milk we're used
To bring from Campalto, and Bottenigo,
So in the entire City there's an abundance


Fresh milk had to come from areas near Venice, especially in the summer.

Campalto is on the mainland, a bit north of Mestre.

Bottenigo was south of Mestre where today the industrial and residential areas of Marghera are. The only part left is a Via Bottenigo in the area.

In the 1700s, those areas were countryside with meadows and pastures, within a reasonably short distance from Venice across the lagoon.

The yoke depicted here — three times — was called a bigolo. It also appears on plate 24 — Porta Bigolo con acqua.

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Zompini, Gaetano. Le arti che vanno per via nella città di Venezia inventate ed incise da Gaetano Zompini, Aggiuntavi una memoria di detto autore. Venezia, 1785.


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