Venice Carnival Mask Blog
Curiosity and informations about the history of the Masks and the origin of the Venice Carnival Masks
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In ancient times, the first masks used in the “commedia dell’arte” symbolized the expressions and the personality of the characters that were represented.
The current carnival period is the celebration and recurrence of ancient celebrations, which began around the 14th century.
The masks are the symbol of freedom and transgression, they level social categories and add charm and mystery to the wearer.
The masks were made mainly with the products present at the time, such as paper and glue (papier-mâché), earth and clay (ceramic/plaster), rags, fabric or pieces of animal skin.
The history of the Venetian mask (from the Arabic “mascharà”, scoff, satire) began even earlier in 1268, the year in which the most ancient Venetian law dates back limited the improper use of the mask.
Given the relevance in the collective imagination and for what it represented, this mask certainly could not be missed among the masks of the Venice carnival.
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