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Venetian Masks

Our Venetian mask shop sells authentic  Venetian masks all of which have been hand crafted in the heart of venice, using traditional paper mache techniques,by master venetian mask makers, to produce masks of exquisite beauty.

All of our Venetian masks,  have an authenticity certificate. Each mask from venice is unique having been hand crafted using ancient mask making techniques.

 

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Styles of Venetian masks

There are many styles of venetian masks available, each with its own unique history. The stles vary greatly, some were used just as ornament masquerade masks got masked balls where as others played a role in daily life or were theatrical.

  Bauta Mask

The Bauta mask is almost a full face mask with a jutting jaw line. this mask was worn to hide your identity completely, it leaves the wearers mouth free to eat and drink still. This mask was commonly worn by business men, homosexuals and those having affairs.

Volto Mask

 A full face mask much used in the Venice carnival today. this mask has a unisex appearance and does not allow the wearer to eat food or drink when in place.

venetian Colombina eye masks

The traditional eye mask comes in every colour, style and design imaginable, with feathers, glitter, jewels macrame embellishment, you name it there will be an eye mask decorated in that material. it is a wonderfully versatile mask, adding a touch of mystery without restricting the wearer.

Commedia Dell'Arte Masks

Commedia dell'Arte masks were masks of the Italian theatre ann includes many masks such as the long nosed Zanni mask, el capitano, pulcinella, arlechinno, and dottore. These masks are dramatic and fun to wear, perfect for theatre performances or masked balls.

Styles of Venetian masks

There are many styles of venetian masks available, each with its own unique history. The stles vary greatly, some were used just as ornament masquerade masks got masked balls where as others played a role in daily life or were theatrical.

  Bauta Mask

The Bauta mask is almost a full face mask with a jutting jaw line. this mask was worn to hide your identity completely, it leaves the wearers mouth free to eat and drink still. This mask was commonly worn by business men, homosexuals and those having affairs.

Volto Mask

 A full face mask much used in the Venice carnival today. this mask has a unisex appearance and does not allow the wearer to eat food or drink when in place.

venetian Colombina eye masks

The traditional eye mask comes in every colour, style and design imaginable, with feathers, glitter, jewels macrame embellishment, you name it there will be an eye mask decorated in that material. it is a wonderfully versatile mask, adding a touch of mystery without restricting the wearer.

Commedia Dell'Arte Masks

Commedia dell'Arte masks were masks of the Italian theatre ann includes many masks such as the long nosed Zanni mask, el capitano, pulcinella, arlechinno, and dottore. These masks are dramatic and fun to wear, perfect for theatre performances or masked balls.

History of the Venetian mask.

Originally Venetian masks worn during the carnival celebration, their design was simple but visually very striking. The masks weren’t the colourful creations that spring to mind when we think about Venetian masks today. The masks were usually black or white and were worn along with a long cloak and tri corn hat to completely conceal the identity of the wearer. This disguise enabled them so cavort and fully participate in the gaiety of the carnival without fear of recognition or consequences.

 

Venetians have been wearing masks since the thirteenth century. Masks were used for both pleasure and business. They gave the mask wearer anonymity and brought about social and moral freedom. unfortunately the down side of this was the eventual moral decline of Venice leading to a series of restrictions being place upon the wearing of masks

During the rule of Napoleon the wearing of masks was banned, they drifted into obscurity, confines tn the history books untill they were once more resurrected by a group of artists in the early 1980's. Since then the Venetian mask has continued to grow in popularity, becoming once more and important part of Venetian culture and its economy.

Venetian mask making today

Over the century’s the design of the Venetian masks have remained much the same but the decoration of these masks has become more and more lavish with glitter, gems, flowers and feathers being used with abandon. Today’s  masks are not just made from paper mache or leather, modern techniques use lightweight resins with a plaster slips coating them and delicate filigree metal.