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Carnival masks

  1. 1. THE CARNIVAL MASKS History and origins of the masks by Ga br y, Le o & Ig li.
  2. 2. Origins The mask has always been an important element in the theatre. In the theatre, it was used by the actors to show the personality of the characters. Mask is a symbol of the natural world, animal world and world of the dead. In the late Middle-Ages, the dressing-up and the masks spread in the towns and in the courts.
  3. 3. “Arlecchino” Bergamo Arlecchino’s mask is the most known. It represents a joker and a strange person. His costume is made up with pieces of colourful material.
  4. 4. “Pulcinella” Napoli Pulcinella is an ugly and awkward guy, with a white costume and a black mask. The mask of Pulcinella is one of the most important in Italy.
  5. 5. “Balanzone” Bologna He is a doctor who is very talkative and he speaks Latin, French, Spanish, Polish and so on.
  6. 6. “Gianduja” Torino He’s a sensible gentleman and he is very brave. He loves good wine and good food.
  7. 7. “Pantalone” Venezia His name comes from “PIANTA LEONE” (plant lion). ‘Pianta Leone’ were people who, with the excuse to conquer new lands for Venice, planted the flag of “San Marco” (where there is the symbol of a lion) on every piece of land which they found.
  8. 8. “Brighella” Bergamo He is a servant. He is clever and noisy. He loves fighting.
  9. 9. “Tartaglia” Napoli He is short-sighted and he stutters. He is very fat and he is always in love with someone.
  10. 10. “Meneghino” Milano He is a rough but sensible and generous servant. He doesn’t escape when he has to fight for someone. He laughs at the imperfections of the aristocrats.
  11. 11. “Peppe Nappa” Messina He represents a Sicilian lazy-bones, with a perennial sleep which continuously forces him to yawn.

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