From Paolo in Italy:

P1030036-2 (2) Béatrice BDM via Compfight             About Venetian Carnival…Its origins are ancient: the first evidence dates back to a document of Doge Vitale Falier of 1094, which speaks of public entertainment and in which the word Carnival was mentioned for the first volta. Il first official document declaring the Carnival of Venice a public celebration is an edict of 1296, when the Senate declared public holiday the day before Lent.

In this age, and for many centuries that followed, Carnival lasted six weeks, from December 26th to Ash Wednesday, although the festivities were sometimes made to begin already in the first days of October.
Citizens wear masks and costumes, you can totally conceal his identity and thus clears all forms of personal belonging to social class, sex, religion. Everyone can determine attitudes and behaviors based on new costumes and the changing appearance. For this reason, the greeting that sounded constantly in the act of crossing a new “character” was simply Hello Mrs. maschera. Uno disguises the most common in the ancient Carnival, especially since the eighteenth century, remained in vogue and also worn in the Carnival modern, is definitely the Bauta. This figure, in typical Venetian and worn by both men and women, is made of a special white mask called larva under a black tricorn hat and completed by a enveloping cloak called dark cloak. The Bauta was used extensively during the time of Carnival, but also in the theater, in other parties, in amorous encounters and whenever you wanted the freedom to woo or be wooed, mutually guaranteeing total anonymity. To this end, the particular shape of the mask on the face ensured the opportunity to drink and eat without having to take off.

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  1. Lots of information in there that I had no idea about. Its amazing how the people of Italy (mostly Venetian people) put so much beauty and detail into one mask. One Venetian mask makes me think of a gigantic painting done by a famous artist. Have you, Paolo, ever made or bought a venetian mask? At school we tried making them and they turned out pretty well; especially for just gluing sloppy paper onto a bumpy tin foil surface. We spray painted the masks and some people brought along jewlery to stick on. Claudia made hers look a bit like a lion! Thanks for the information.

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