logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Art Appreciation Site

BellaOnline's Art Appreciation Editor

g

Venetian Carnival Masks as Art


The annual Venetian Carnival or 'mardi gras' begins two weeks before Ash Wednesday. I will discuss the history 'behind' the illustrious masks worn by partygoers in Venice.

Oscar Wilde said, "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth."

The word "Carnevale" is Italian for "Carnival" and was first noted in writings from 1092, in celebration of the victory of Doge Vitale Michieli II over Ulrich I of Treven. The festivities would become an annual event until they were halted by Napoleon Bonaparte, who passed a peace treaty in 1797; thereby Venice became Austrian.

Then during the 1860s, Venice became part of the new Kingdom of Italy, as it remains to this day. In 1979, Venetian Carnival would begin again as a means to boost tourism.

The wearing of masks during carnival in Venice began in the 13th century. However, the documented act of "masked men throwing scented eggs at ladies" was prohibited by the council (Venetian Laws: May, 1268).

Today, the number of mask shops outnumbers all other shops, except restaurants (ristorante). The parade of revelers for Venetian Carnival can generally be seen in St. Mark’s Square.

Revelers (then and now) may wear the simple plain white volto mask or one more elaborately handmade (possibly of paper mache), hand painted, perhaps even embellished with Swarovski crystals.

Originally only in white, the mask was worn with a black cape of silk, a cloak (tabarro) or mantle, and a three cornered (tricorne) hat.
Historically, the basic premise of wearing a mask was to conceal one’s identity (allowing for indiscretions). This was also an essential accessory for women all year long when attending the theater.

The Venetian mask is meant to cover the face, yet allowing the wearer to indulge in eating and drinking. The Bauta mask is the traditional mask, and the origins of the word may come from the German "behüten" which means "to protect." Also, the Italian word for "monster" is "bau" or "babau."

Venetian Carnival 2014 runs February 22 – March 4 and includes a "Zombie Walk" from the Zattere (a waterfront promenade) to the Pescheria (Rialto fish market), near the Rialto Bridge, for an evening party.

You can own a photographic print of Sergio Pitamitz's "People in Masks and Costume, Venice Carnival,Venice, Italy" available here from Allposters.com.
People in Masks and Costume, Venice Carnival, Venice, Veneto, Italy



People in Masks...

Sergio Pitamitz

Buy This at Allposters.com



You've heard about it, now you can own your own Kindle Wireless Reading Device. Available here from Amazon.com.

Add Venetian+Carnival+Masks+as+Art to Twitter Add Venetian+Carnival+Masks+as+Art to Facebook Add Venetian+Carnival+Masks+as+Art to MySpace Add Venetian+Carnival+Masks+as+Art to Del.icio.us Digg Venetian+Carnival+Masks+as+Art Add Venetian+Carnival+Masks+as+Art to Yahoo My Web Add Venetian+Carnival+Masks+as+Art to Google Bookmarks Add Venetian+Carnival+Masks+as+Art to Stumbleupon Add Venetian+Carnival+Masks+as+Art to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Art Appreciation Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Camille Gizzarelli. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Camille Gizzarelli. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Camille Gizzarelli for details.

g


g features
Hokusai - 36 Views of Mt Fuji – Asian Art

Pollock & Fractals - Art or Science ?

Goldfinch Painting & Book - Masterpieces?

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor