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Venetian Mask

What do you think of when you hear Venice?

Water? Italy? Artists? Well, when I think of Venice, I think of masks. Yes. Masks in all different sizes, colors, and designs. There are masks that just cover your eyes and masks that extends out from you head! Today, I would like to show you the world of Venetian Mask.

First of all, Venetian Mask are traditionally handmade by mask makers in Venice. During 1200s, these masks were purely used to “hide” one’s identity. Rich nobles would wear the masks and go gambling, which was highly restricted. Also, prostitutes would wear the masks as well as the aristocrats who meet them. They didn’t want any bad rumors to go around their town and to stay anonymous.

Another reason why people in Venice wore masks so much is that since Venice was a crowded city, privacy and seclusion was not very possible. Therefore, the mask became the getaway from the lives of the people. Not all the reasons for wearing the mask was evil. Some people just purely enjoyed hiding their identity, while going out in the public to enjoy their “other” life. The people who used the masks in corrupted ways were the greedy people.

Now days, Venetian masks serve almost as a mascot of Venice. Venetian people, and people from around the world come to Venice to see their beautiful and sophisticated mask carnivals and enjoys taking part of this celebration. Unlike the past, Venetian masks are more easily approachable to any people, since they are now very well known for their beauty. I hope to visit Venice one day to experience the phenomenal event myself and maybe make one of my own Venetian mask!

Useful Links:

http://www.masksofvenice.co.uk/history_of_venetian_masks.html

http://www.maskitalia.com/

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