Wide view of Venice: Piazza San Marco - Riva degli Schiavoni

Traditional Carnival Masks in Venice

Some of the masks we see nowadays walking around in the Venice streets during carnival time, are very often replicas of the typical, more famous masks that lived through centuries in the fancy and tradition of the Carnival of Venice.

The Commedia dell'Arte also inspired the popular fantasy to replicate the "personas" that were created on the improvised stages which were going around the Italian peninsula starting from the XV century.

The more structured study image material I have found is from Francesco Bertelli and Giovanni Grevembroch, and I am presenting most of it on these pages, with as much as extra research done.

And then we have the narrow streets of a foggy Venice of the 16th century, everybody disguised, people laughing, chatting, a glass of white wine here (the well known ombretta), a dance there.

Unknown Artist: Venetian masked characters during Carnival - colored drawing (1614) - Codex Bottacin, Padova
Unknown Artist: "Venetian masked characters during Carnival"
colored drawing and watercolor (1614) - Codex Bottacin, Padova

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