In this lecture, we want to convey how charming and unusual daily life was in ancient Venice. It was a very different kind of life, made of mysterious and exotic Venetian masks. 

We tell the fascinating story of how Venetian masks became a part of daily life in Venice. Not only were these used during special events but for more than six months per year. We show how Venetian Carnival masks fit within a complex and colorful tradition, now lost to time.

During this lecture, we explain how to make Venetian masks starting by a clay sculpture, up to the papier-mâché mask.

Structure of the mini-lecture:

A - Demonstration - How to make Venetian carnival masks

We show all the stages of the traditional technique used to make papier-mâché masks, from the clay model to the white mask ready for decoration.

B – History of the Venetian carnival's masks.

We present the history of Venetian masks and their importance in the day-to-day life of Venice by showing five important We present the history of Venetian masks and their importance in daily life in Venice by showing five major characters and their different meanings.

We dress up in the most Venetian way: with the Bautta, the Volto, and the Tricorno, and we explain details about it. By using old prints and paintings, we show its importance in the social and political life of Venice, highlighting the use of this mask in everyday life.

We also present the participants with two other important and very different kinds of Venetian masks: the Moretta and the plague doctor.


C – History - The Carnival of Venice

In this part of the mini-lecture, we present the fabulous Venetian Carnival celebrations and its social importance at the time of the Republic of Venice. Venice Carnival was unique, surprising and strongly rooted in the history of Venice. Over the centuries it has become a factor of identity and cohesion for all Venetian people.

We show how rich, fun and glorious Venetian Carnival was by showing images of this important world-renowned festival.

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