Thursday 12 January 2012

Carnival Dreams I : Various Artists

[[posterous-content:pid___0]]by Jean Claude Jeannin

by Pietro Longhi

by Gabriel Picart

by Richard J Bagguley

File:Venice Carnival - Masked Lovers (2010).jpg

by Frank Kovalchek

File:Venezia carnevale 13.jpg

by Wanblee

The creators of the following images are unknown to me. If you know add comments and I will credit.



Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of VeniceItaly. The masks are typically worn during the Carnevale (Carnival of Venice), but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer's identity and social status.

The mask would permit the wearer to act more freely in cases where he or she wanted to interact with other members of the society outside the bounds of identity and everyday convention. It was useful for a variety of purposes, some of them illicit or criminal, others just personal, such as romantic encounters. 

from Wikipedia 



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