Gaetano Zompini

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Gaetano Zompini (25 September 1700 – 20 May 1778) was an Italian printmaker and engraver, known for his prints depicting workers from the lower classes in Venice.

Born in Nervesa della Battaglia, he apprenticed with Niccolò Bambini. He also completed frescoes in Palazzo Marin in Venice. At times, his etchings recall the painted work of Pietro Longhi and other genre painters of Northern Italy. He died in Venice.

L'arti che vanno per la Vie nella cittá de Venice (1753) is his major work, and containing 60 prints of Venetian workers.[1] They include the following, an inventory of possible trades in the mid-18th century:

Aseo (Vinegar Seller); Astrologa (Fortune-teller); Botter (Barrel Maker and Repairer); Cappe (Mussel Seller); Caraguoi (Snail Vendor); Carboneri (Colliers)[1]; Cava Rii (Canal Dredgers); Cazze, e Sculieri (Utensil Seller); Codega (Lantern Bearer); Contadin con Polame (Poulterer); Conza Careghe (Chair Maker and Repairer); Conza Lavezzi (Tinker and Cat Gelder); Conza Zocoli (Clog and Shoe Cleaner); Coro d'Orbi (Blind musicians); Cura gattoli (Street sweeper); Dai Foli (Bellows Repairer and Seller); Dai Vovi (Easter Egg Seller); Dalla Latte (Milkman); Dalla Semola (Bread Baker); Dalle Puine (Milk and Cheese Seller); Dolce de Vedeletto (Blood Pudding Seller); Erbariol (Costermonger); Fà ballari Cani (Street Entertainer); Fassi per battello (Wood Trader); Fenestrer (Glazier); Fiorer (Flower Seller); Fitta Palchi (Keeper of Theater Boxes); Foleghe, e Mazzorini (Duck Vendor); Forcae, Elera ec. (Peddler of Vegetables, Brooms, and Ivy); Frittole (Fritter Maker); Fruttariol (Fruit Vendor); Gua (Knife Grinder); Impizza Ferali (Lamplighter); Inchiostro (Ink and Rat Poison Seller); L'Esca, e Solferini (Seller of Tinder, Matches, and Flints); Marcer (Draper); Marmotina (Marmot Keeper); Metti Massere (Maidservants' Agent); and Mondo Novo (Peep box Operator).


  1. Ehmer, Josef; Lis, Catharina (2009), The Idea of Work in Europe from Antiquity to Modern Times, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, pp. 182–183, ISBN 978-0-7546-6410-9<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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