The carnival of Venica was first recorded in 1268. The subversive nature of
the festival is reflected in the many laws created over the centuries in Italy
attempting to restrict celebrations and often banning the wearing of masks.
Masks have always been a central feature of the Venetian carnival;
traditionally people were allowed to wear them between the festival of Santo
Stefano ( St. Stephen’s day, December 26) at the start of the carnival season
and midnight of Shrove Tuesday.
Venice is the most popular place of
carnivals,crazy parties since 1600.
The story of carnival is,fancy women were
took masks for hide theirself.
Then ministers recognized many women
which took masks.
Some masks at the Carnival of VeniceVenetian
masks can be made in leather or with the original
The original masks were rather simple in
design and decoration and often had a
symbolic and practical function.
Nowadays, most of them are made with the
application of gesso and gold leaf and are all
hand-painted using natural feathers and
gems to decorate.
Carnevale In Venice
• Masks, maschere, are an
important part of the
carnevale festival and
Venice is the best city for
traditional carnival masks.
People also wear elaborate
costumes for the festival and
there are costume or
masquerade balls, both
private and public.
Bauta is a "mask which covers the whole
face, with a stubborn chin line, no
mouth, and lots of gilding".
It was used also as a device for
hiding the wearer's identity and social
The moretta is an oval mask of black velvet
that was usually worn by women visiting
The larva, also called the volto mask, is
mainly white, and typically Venetian.
It is worn with a tricorn and cloak. It is
thought the word "larva" comes from the
Latin meaning "mask" or "ghost".
The Columbine also known as (Columbina
and Columbino) is a half mask often highly
decorated with gold, silver, crystals and
It was held up to the face by a baton or tied with
ribbon as with most other venetian masks.
Medico Della Peste
The Medico Della Peste with its long beak is
one of the most bizarre and recognisable or
the venetian masks.
Traditionally the full face mask is white consisting of
a hollow beak and round eye holes that covered with
crystal discs creating a bespectacled effect.