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Venetian carnival masks, Venice, Italy
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Venetian masks are an old tradition in Venice, Italy, since antiquity. The masks are typically worn during the Venetian carnival (Italian: Carnevale di Venezia), but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer's identity and social status.



Five interesting facts about Venetian masks:

  • The first documented sources mentioning the use of masks in Venice can be found as far back as the 13th century.
  • Under the rule of the Holy Roman Emperor and later King of Austria, Francis II (1768–1835), the use of masks became strictly forbidden.
  • Originally Venetian masks were made of leather, porcelain or glass and had a practical or symbolic function.
  • Many designs of Venetian masks stem from the Commedia dell'arte (16th–18th century).
  • The main types of Venetian masks are the bauta, dama, gatto, jester, moretta, volto, medico della Peste.

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