Wide view of Venice: Piazza San Marco - Riva degli Schiavoni
Watercolor by Giovanni Grevembroch: "Donna vestita da spirito folletto"
Giovanni Grevembroch: "Donna vestita da spirito folletto"
pen, ink & watercolor (18th century)
Museo Correr, Venezia

SPIRITO FOLLETTO

(Ghostly Spirit)

Quite inconvenient mask here: at the point it got prohibited!

A young woman is portrayed here wearing the “Zendale” or “Cendale” - the simple and cheapest version, though - which is the traditional Venetian hood.

This is sort of typical attire was normally used by women in Venice to go to church on Sunday, but it could serve also to make a somewhat “horny / devilish looking, spooky" decoration mask.

Ghostly Spirits they were called, “Spiriti Folletti”, and they didn’t talk but would yell at the top of their voices ...

The portrayed woman here is impersonating the spirit of carnival, the devilish madness of these celebrations.


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