A STORY ABOUT MASKS

First masks were made thousands of years ago and over time they have been used in rituals, as a deception, to protect, to disguise themselves, to hide behind and, obviously, to act.

The famous Italian Commedia dell’Arte born by companies of actors and, unlike the court theatre, it was taken on tour. Commedia dell’Arte was built around a number of characters who have never changed. Each character had a mask peculiar to that character, an integral part of the production. The characters were, and still are, immediately...

Masks played a crucial role in everyday Venetian life: with the exception of Advent and Lent, masks could be worn in public throughout the year. Although the bauta could be worn by anyone, there was also a mask which was worn only by women: it was the mask of mystery and seduction. It was called the...