Venetian Masks: And the Commedia Dell'Arte - Discovering Venice Series (Paperback)Arsenale Editrice (creator)
Paperback Published: 01/11/2009
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A man is least himself when he talks in his own person; give him a mask and he will tell you the truth, said Oscar Wilde. Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of Venice, Italy. Worn during the Carnevale (the Carnival of Venice, elsewhere known as Mardi Gras), however in the past, the masks have been used on many other occasions as a device for hiding the wearer's identity and social status. It would permit the wearer to act more freely in cases where he or she wanted to interact with other members of the society outside the bounds of identity and everyday convention. It was thus useful for a variety of purposes, some of them illicit or criminal, others just personal, such as romantic encounters. This publication examines the history and beauty of these fascinating masks. "The Discovering Venice Series" takes the reader on a wild journey through one of the world's most famous cities. Covering all aspects of Venetian life, from history to culture, art to architecture this highly readable series is a must for anyone with a passion for Venice.
Weight: 113 g
Dimensions: 240 x 130 x 5 mm
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