The Venetian Mask

The Venetian Mask

I did consider buying a genuine Venetian mask. But it’s very costly and after all, I’m not going to any Venetian carnival. Masks have always been the main feature of the Venetian carnival. They can be made of leather, porcelain or with the original glass technique. The original masks were simple in design with symbolic functions. Nowadays, most of Venetian masks are made with the application of gesso and gold leaf and are hand-painted using gems and natural feathers. The use of masks in Venice can be traced back as far as the 13th century. But in the past, these masks were also associated with rebellion. They can be a cover and a disguise when committing forbidden acts. There was a time when the wearing of masks in normal daily life was severely restricted. The mask I was trying here cost 150 Euros. 

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