Masks of the Venetian carnival – a traditional symbol of the annual event.
Some specimens are very beautiful and skillfully executed. Previously, masks were used in everyday life to hide the face. This served a variety of purposes: from romantic meetings to crimes. Now the inhabitants hide under Venetian masks only a few days a year – for the time of the carnival.
By tradition, the carnival in Venice opens the “flight of the angel.” The most beautiful Venetian, the winner of the so-called Maria Festival, descends to St. Mark’s Square from the bell tower of the cathedral of the same name. According to legend, during the Catholic Day of Mary’s purification, the pirates kidnapped several girls who were preparing for weddings, but the inhabitants of Venice managed to save them.
The process of making a Venetian carnival mask is externally simple. Take plaster form, oiled with petroleum jelly, and is filled from the inside with a layer of papier-mache, prepared according to a special recipe. The resulting preform is dried and ground, then holes for the eyes are cut in it. Then proceed to the decor.