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lo sai come definiva il colore dei tuoi occhi il pallaiolo?

English translation: Do you know how il Pollaiolo described the colour of your eyes

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Italian term or phrase:lo sai come definiva il colore dei tuoi occhi il pallaiolo?
English translation:Do you know how il Pollaiolo described the colour of your eyes
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09:55 Sep 16, 2000
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Art/Literary
Italian term or phrase: lo sai come definiva il colore dei tuoi occhi il pallaiolo?
could anyone tell me what the speaker means by pallaiolo? Surely not 'poulterer'?!
sammi
Local time: 17:38
I think Laura's on the right track --
Explanation:
"Do you know how il Pollaiolo described the color of your eyes?" -- Rather a romantic question, which also recalls the dialogue between the painter Mario Cavarodossi and his lover, the singer Floria Tosca, in the first act of the opera. He's working on a portrait of the Madonna, whom he's rendering as a blue-eyed blonde (based on a woman he's seen worshipping in the church where he's been working), and Tosca, a high-strung brunette, recognizes the model and jealously insists that he paint the Madonna with dark eyes, like her own...
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Heathcliff
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Local time: 08:38
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naI think Laura's on the right track --Heathcliff
naballoon-seller ?
Cathryn Taylor
nasee below
Laura Gentili


  

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Explanation:
Is it Pollaiolo or Pallaiolo?
If it's il Pollaiolo, the reference could be to a Renaissance painter known as "il Pollaiolo", but I don't know if the context supports such a reference...

Laura Gentili
Italy
Local time: 17:38
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 221

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Heathcliff

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1 hr
balloon-seller ?


Explanation:
Could it be a regional variation of "pallonaio" or "pallonaro" used in the same way as the suffix in "pizzaiolo" ?

If so, my best guess is balloon-seller (rather than balloon-maker). Maybe someone can confirm.

Cathryn Taylor
Local time: 17:38
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 116

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8 hrs
I think Laura's on the right track --


Explanation:
"Do you know how il Pollaiolo described the color of your eyes?" -- Rather a romantic question, which also recalls the dialogue between the painter Mario Cavarodossi and his lover, the singer Floria Tosca, in the first act of the opera. He's working on a portrait of the Madonna, whom he's rendering as a blue-eyed blonde (based on a woman he's seen worshipping in the church where he's been working), and Tosca, a high-strung brunette, recognizes the model and jealously insists that he paint the Madonna with dark eyes, like her own...

Heathcliff
United States
Local time: 08:38
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 504
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