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Hello everyone. I am not new here. I have no doubts for all of the members that have been here for a while, there are not many topics that have not already been covered. This profile represents something that I find interesting and artistically beautiful which is Venetian Masks.
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The following information on Venetian masks comes from many different online sources. This is only a very brief history.
Venetian masks developed in ancient times as an important aspect of Venetian daily life in what was The Republic of Venice in the 1300s. Everyone, including Nuns, Monks commoners and noblemen took advantage of wearing them. The masks allowed people to carry on their daily business dealings while maintaining their anonymity. It also allowed all people to indulge in sexual promiscuity and homosexuality which became widespread. As the republic began to fall into a state of corruption, the wearing of daily masks was later banned for a period of time by the Catholic church. They were later allowed to be worn during the months of Christmas through Shrove Tuesday, which is the day before Ash Wednesday. This period is now known as the pre-lent celebration of Carnival or Mardi Gras in the Americas. Masquerade Balls, which have a long history as well, were a feature of Carnival season and are still present today.
Two major groups of masks evolved, which were Commedia Dell’Arte Masks and Venetian Masks. Commedia Dell’Arte masks began in the 16th century with several different styles evolving based on adultery, old age, captains and love. Of the four main categories there were many famous character types and hundreds of characters. Commedia can be seen as a basis for many of the arts including drama, opera, the circus, minstrel shows, improv and more. Several key developments occurred with the advent of Commedia. A few include the oldest record of actors considering themselves a legitimate business and the first documented professional actress. Because there were no playwrights or directors, each performance was unique.
Captain Scaramouche Mask
Venice has long been reputed since the 1800’s to have the greatest Carnival in the world. The Carnevale Di Venezia was recorded for the first time in 1268.Some of the more common types of Venetian masks include Bauta, Dama, Gatto, Jester, Volto, Dottore Peste, and Moretta.
The Volto mask has become one of the symbolic modern Venetian masks. Women more commonly wear this type of mask and they are frequently highly decorated with a headdress of some type. This type of mask covers the entire face including the forehead to the chin with lips that are always sealed.
Bauta The bauta mask was typically worn by men. It had become a standard by the 1700’s. It typically covered the entire face and was more grotesque looking. The nose was very large with a heavy supraorbital ridge, projecting chin with no mouth.
Medico Della PesteThis mask originated in the 17th century by a French doctor named, Charles de Lorme, who designed it as an aid to prevent plague during treatments. It’s use as a carnival mask has only begun recently as it was not one of the original types of Venetian masks. The beak was traditionally hollow in order to contain sweet smelling flowers to cover the fowl smell. The plague doctors wore black hats and capes with white gloves, as well.
The Jester mask was created after the clown mask worn in the Commedia Delle’Arte. Jester’s were the only member of the Royal court during Medieval times that could bluntly criticize the members of society without punishment.
Gato The Gato mask began during the Republic of Venice because the cat was highly prized over other domestic animals due to their scarcity during that time period.
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