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Venetian Masks

Historical Context:

Venetian Masks are an old-centuries tradition of Venice. They are usually worn during the most ancient carnival in the world: The Carnival of Venice. Every year, approx from February to March begins the venetian carnival, its tasteful masks and exclusive venetian masquerade parties.

"Buongiorno Siora Maschera"  ( Goodmornin...

Historical Context:

Venetian Masks are an old-centuries tradition of Venice. They are usually worn during the most ancient carnival in the world: The Carnival of Venice. Every year, approx from February to March begins the venetian carnival, its tasteful masks and exclusive venetian masquerade parties.

"Buongiorno Siora Maschera"  ( Goodmorning Mr. Mask ). It was the way to greet a mask waerer on the "calli" ( streets ), "campi" ( squares ): differences between people's gender, social status and personal identity did not exist anymore. Masks conformed rich people and the poors, nobles and servants, men and women. Everyone is anonymous behind the mask.

Wear a mask in carnival time was the way to become what people want to be: a nobleman could be anoymous and a commoner be a lord. Masks in Venice represent perfectly the venetian spirit projected towards the party, the transgression and the amusement. There were many events, beyond carnival of Venice, when people turned to dressing up costumes and masks; in fact they were worn for many months of the year and, in every main official Republic of Venice festivity, people were free to wear traditional masks, as BautaMoretta and many other original venetian masks and costumes as nowdays people of Venice and tourists usually do during venetian masquerade parties in carnival time.

Nowdays the maskk tradition continues through the Art of "Mascareri" ( mask-makers ). The antique guild of mask-makers had their own official statute date 1436, but the production started much earlier. The authentic venetian masks are made of papier mache or leather. The Masks handcrafted in paper mache are commonly worn by people during carnival time  or at private masquerade parties, while the leather masks are usually made for professional actors of Commedia dell'Arte.

Introduction to the Masks Making:

Original masks making begin by modelling the clay into the shape of the mask. From this positive sculpture, traditional way continues with the creation of the negative mould: some plaster of Paris is applied to this model to get a negative plaster mould. About half an hour later, when the plaster has solidified, the clay is taken away from the cast and used again for other artistic creations, while the negative plaster cast is perfectly clean.Inside the negative mould the mask is then stratified by layers of many papers joined together with glue. After a couple of days’ drying, the papier mache mask is removed from its mould. A further drying and the mask is ready to be refined on the surface; the shape, the nostrils, the eyes and the mouth are then cut off with a surgery cutter. At the end, a layer of stucco and sandpaper offers an ideal surface ready to be painted and decorated.

The infinite decorative styles of venetian masquerade masks are differents and numberless as the experience and imagination of the masks makers, as gold and silver leaf technique, acrylic and water colours, glitters, relief colours and crackle technique. Finally is possible to enhance the mask with feathers, stones, trimmings and jewelry. The final aspect of a venetian mask concern skills and imagination of its artisan.

Quality and Respect for Tradition

VWS's  promotes and sell authentic venetian masks handcrafted in Venice by famous and talented venetian masters according to traditional Carnival of Venice masks making process. We cooperates with best artists to offer the best selection from their shops and workshops inside the historical centre of Venice and venetian area. Original venetian masks came directly from last true artisan workshops and represent the essence of venetian craftsmasnhip excellence. An original venetian masquerade mask is comfortable to wear by its strings and shape, thanks to historical and anatomical research of the human face proportions during the projectal study of the mask making. 

Our customer service is available to help our costumers and guests to answer any information and request about our products, shipping services and particular customization. All our masks are Original and Authentic Certified Made in Italy.

*Every piece is a unique handmade production. You are buying the same model mask with same decoration details and making technique process of the picture, but not exactly the same mask of the photo. Little differences are evidence of authentic craftsmanship work.

 

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  • Traditional Venetian...

    Traditional Venetian Masks are composed by historical masks from Venice that became part of venetian history and culture during different centuries. Traditional venetian masks can be divided into two type of masks: Specific venetian masks, as Bauta mask, Moretta mask and Plague doctor mask, they are the most reprentative masks arised in Venice; and the second group of Comedy of Art masks, linked with the classic italian theater tradition, not just the venetian ones: theater masks from different city around italy. Every Comedy of Art mask is connected to a specific character and its costume. Original venetian masks are handcrafted in Venice by venetian masks makers in papier mache according to traditional carnival of Venice masks working process. Authentic venetian masks are wearable and comfortable, an ideal complement to wear during masquerade parties and carnival time.

    VenetianWebShop promotes and sells one of the best selection of traditional Carnival of Venice Masks. Original products handmade by famous Artists in their workshops inside the historical centre of Venice. The secular tradition of Venice lives nowdays into the creations of its artisanal masters and in their original artistic work.

    *Every mask is a unique handmade production. You are buying the same model mask with same decoration details and making technique process of the picture, but not exactly the same mask of the photo. Little differences are evidence of authentic craftsmanship work.

  • Venetian Carnival Masks

    Venetian Carnival is one of the most ancient and famous carnival in the world. The Venice Carnival origins are to be found in two ancient classic traditions: the Latin Saturnalia and the Greek Dionysian cults, two classic religious festivals involving the use of masks and symbolic representations. Venice carnival and its masks are inspired from close meanings of this two classic festivals, as the overturn of the social orders during dances and celebrations.

    The origin of the word Carnival in Venice is traced to a document of the Doge Falier of 1094, where it was used for the first time talking about public celebrations. The Carnival of Venice, as an official public holiday, began in 1296, when an edict of the Senate declared a public holiday the day before the beginning of Lent. Nowdays Carnival and venetian carnival masks continue the tradition of the ancient carnival of Venice. It was stopped from 1797 to 1979 after the Napoleon conquest and the austrian dominion.

    Carnival of Venice Masks are famous all over the world for their beauty and elegance. Traditional venetian carnival masks are handcrafted by venetian mask masters in papier mache according to historical carnival of Venice masks making process; mask's decoration can be simple and minimalist, including only water and acrylic colours painting, or carnival masks can be adorned with bright jewels, long feathers, precious trimming, sticks and stones. Every mask makers have specific skills and abilities, so every authentic mask is different from the other and could be considered an original venetian piece of art

    VWS cooperates with best artists in Venice and offers a various collection of original venetian carnival masks directly from their shops and mask laboratories. Only the excellences from venetian craftsmanship.

    *Every mask is a unique handcrafted product. You are buying the same model mask with same decoration details and making technique process of the picture, but not exactly the same mask of the photo. Little differences are evidence of authentic work by the venetian artist.

  • Jolly and Jokers

    Original Papier machè Jolly and Joker masks collection. Authentic venetian masks handcrafted by venetian mask makers, according to ancient venetian masks making process, directly from their workshop inside the venetian historical centre. Jester and Joker masks are tasteful to hang on wall as decorative furniture and comfortable to wear during carnival parties and masquerade feasts. Jester and Jolly masks well represent the meaning of happiness and elegance of the famous carnival of Venice. Original venetian masks handmade into the historical centre of Venice. Decorations of our jolly masks collection are made by traditional techniques as gold and silver leaf, glitter colours, feathers and bells. Look, compare and choose your Jester, Jolly and Joker masks. Every piece came with authenticity certificate and signed by the Master

    *Every mask is a unique handcraft production. You are buying the same model mask with same decoration details and making technique process of the picture, but not exactly the same mask of the photo. Little differences are evidence of authentic craftsmanship work.

  • Wall Masks

    VenetianWebShop collection of handmade venetian wall maks is an high quality selection of handcraftede in paper mache masks by venetian masters according to traditionale mask techniques. Wall masks are a type of masks hard to wear or completely unwearable. Original Wall masks are perfect to hang on wall as decorative mask and wonderfull design object. Original Wall masks represent the excellence of venetian paper mache craftsmaship. In this section you can see a superior quality masks colloction, they are decorated with gold and silver leaf, relief colours, adorned with jewels and handpainted with water and acrylic colours. Real venetian craftsmanship excellences

    *Every mask is a unique handcrafted production. You are buying the same model mask with same decoration details and making technique process of the picture, but not exactly the mask of the photo. Little differences are evidence of authentic venetian craftsmanship work.

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  • Authentic Venetian Wall Mask handmade in Venice by best venetian mask Masters according to ancient venetian masks making process in paper mache. Original Venetian mask to hang on wall as decoratives mask. A true venetian craftsmanship excellence decorated with gold leaf techinque: ArrowHearth Authentic Venetian Wall Mask handmade...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Masks manufactured in Venice by masks Masters according to traditional venetian papier mache working process. Authentic venetian mask handpainted with water colours, it's wearable and comfortable. A true venetian craftsmanship excellence : Balanza Original Comedy of Art Masks...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Masks handmade in Venice by masks Masters according to traditional venetian papier mache working process. Authentic venetian mask handpainted with water colours, it's wearable by ribbons and comfortable. A true venetian craftsmanship excellence: Il Capitano "Spaccamonti" Original Comedy of Art Masks handmade...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Masks handmade in Venice by masks Masters according to traditional venetian papier mache working process. Authentic venetian mask handpainted with water colours, it's wearable by ribbons and comfortable. A true venetian craftsmanship excellence: Il Capitano "Spezzaferro" Original Comedy of Art Masks handmade...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Masks handmade in Venice by masks Masters according to traditional venetian papier mache working process. Authentic venetian mask handpainted with water colours, it's wearable by ribbons and comfortable, it's also a nice decorative mask. A true venetian craftsmanship excellence: Il Capitan "Fracassa" Original Comedy of Art Masks handmade...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Mask  handcrafted in Venice by masks Masters according to traditional venetian papier mache working process. Authentic venetian mask handpainted with water colours, it's wearable by ribbons and comfortable. A true venetian craftsmanship excellence: Pulcinella Red Original Comedy of Art Mask...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Masks handcrafted in Venice by masks Masters according to traditional venetian papier mache working process. Authentic venetian mask handpainted with water colours, it's wearable by ribbons and comfortable. A true venetian craftsmanship excellence: Gianduia  Original Comedy of Art Masks...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Mask handmade in Venice by masks Masters according to traditional venetian papier mache working process. Authentic venetian theater mask handpainted with water colours, it's wearable by ribbons and comfortable. A true venetian craftsmanship excellence: Pulcinella "Petito" Original Comedy of Art Mask handmade...

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  • Venetian Carnival Masks Handpainted and Made of Paper Mache. Original venetian mask manufactured by venetian master according to traditional masks making process. 100% Made in Venice craftsmanship excellence decorated with gold leaf techinque. Wearable Mask: Half Satyr Venetian Carnival Masks Handpainted...

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  • Handcrafted Paper Mache Original Venetian Mask made in Venice by true masks makers according to traditional venetian masks working process. Leaf Mask is totally decorated with gold leaf technique. An authentic venetian craftsmanship excellence: Golden Leaf Mask Handcrafted Paper Mache Original...

    154,10€
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  • Original Venetian Masks and Carnival of Venice Mask handmade in Venice according to ancient venetian carnival masks working process. It's handcrafted by masks Master, wearable and comfortable. An authentic Made in Venice production: Gondola Mask Original Venetian Masks and Carnival...

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  • Authentic Venetian Masks handcrafted in papier mache by talented Master in Venice. Original decorative mask adorned with cracklé or silver leaf techniques. An original venetian craftsmanship excellence signed by famous masks maker artist: Mouth of Truth Mask Authentic Venetian Masks handcrafted...

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  • Venetian Eyes Masks handmade in Venice in papier mache by venetian master. Perfect Mask for masquerades party and carnival time: Venetian Eyes Mask "Diamonds" Venetian Eyes Masks handmade in...

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  • Venetian Jolly Mask Handmade in Paper Mache by Masks Makers in Venice according to traditional masks of Venice working process. An authentic venetian manufactured mask decorated with relief colours and precious trimming. Original Jolly mask comfortable to wear, ribbons included, and very elegant to hang on wall as decorative mask. A venetian artisanal... Venetian Jolly Mask Handmade in Paper...

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  • Original Venetian Jester Mask Handcrafted in Paper Mache by Masks Maker in Venice  according to traditional venetian masks making process. Authentic venetian Jester mask comfortable to wear during your masquerade parties and nice to hang on wall as elegant decorative mask. It's a true Venice's craftsmanship excellence. Music Paper Decoration and Gold Leaf... Original Venetian Jester Mask...

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  • Little Venetian Jester Mask. Authentic venetian mask handcrafted according to traditional carnival of Venice masks making process in paper mache by venetian Master. Little Jolly mask is tasteful to hang on wall as decorative mask: Little Jester "Rio Terà" Little Venetian Jester Mask....

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  • Original Venetian Jolly Masks Handcrafted in Papier Mache by Mask Makers in Venice according to classic venetian masks making process. Authentic venetian Jolly mask comfortable to wear during your masquerade parties and nice to hang on wall as elegant and arcane decorative mask. It's a true Venetian craftsmanship excellence: Jolly Tarot Cards Original Venetian Jolly Masks...

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  • Authentic Venetian Joker Masks Handmade in Papier Mache by Mask Makers in Venice according to traditional venetian masks making process. Authentic venetian Joker mask comfortable to wear during your masquerade parties and nice to hang on wall as elegant decorative mask. It's a true Venetian craftsmanship excellence: Joker Tarot Cards Authentic Venetian Joker Masks...

    135,25€
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  • Original Venetian Joker Masks Handcrafted in Papier Mache by Mask Makers in Venice according to traditional venetian masks making process. Authentic venetian Joker mask comfortable to wear during your masquerade parties and tasteful to hang on wall as elegant decorative mask. It's a true Venice's craftsmanship excellence: Joker "Gerione" Original Venetian Joker Masks...

    135,25€
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  • Venetian Jolly Mask handcrafted in Paper Mache by masks Masters in Venice according to traditional venetian carnival masks making process. Original venetian Jolly mask comfortable to wear during your masquerade parties and tasteful to hang on wall as elegant decorative mask. It's an authentic venetian craftsmanship excellence: Jolly "Angel" Venetian Jolly Mask handcrafted in...

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  • Original Jolly Mask Handmade by Venetian Masters Master in Venice according to ancient masks of Venice working process. Authentic venetian craftsmanship excellence decorated with gold leaf and adorned with music paper and bells: Jolly "Wagner" Original Jolly Mask Handmade by...

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  • Little Venetian Jester mask.  Authentic venetian mask handcrafted according to traditional masks making process in Venice. Little Jester mask is beautifull to hang on wall as ornamental mask: Little Jester "Mardi Gras" Little Venetian Jester mask....

    97,54€
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  • Original Venetian Joker Mask Handcrafted in Paper Mache by Masks Maker in Venice according to traditional venetian masks making processes. Authentic Jolly tastefull to hang and comfortable to wear during masquerade parties and carnival time. Music Paper Decoration and Gold Leaf Technique: Joker "Malibran" Original Venetian Joker Mask...

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  • Original Venice Mask handcrafted in Paper Mache according to traditional venetian masks making process. Vitruvio is manufactured by venetian masks Masters, it's decorated with gold leaf or cracklé techinque. An Original venetian craftsmanship excellence. Signed by famous venetian Artist: Vitruvian Man Mask Original Venice Mask handcrafted in...

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  • Original Venetian Sculpture handcrafted in Venice by venetian Masters in papier mache according to ancient venetian masks making process. Wall decoration Medusa Versace mask adorned with gold leaf technique. An authentic Venetian Craftsmanship excellence signed by famous Artist: Medusa "Versace" Original Venetian Sculpture...

    639,34€
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  • Original Venetian Great Mask handcrafted in Venice by venetian Masters in papier mache according to ancient venetian masks making process. Wall decoration Medus mask adorned with gold and silver leaf technique. An authentic Venetian Craftsmanship excellence signed by famous Artist: Medusa Mask Original Venetian Great Mask...

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  • Venetian Carnival and Fantasy Masks handmade in paper mache: Pinocchio Venetian Carnival and Fantasy Masks...

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  • Little Venetian Jolly mask. Authentic venetian mask handcrafted according to traditional Venice's masks working process in paper mache by venetian Master. Little Jolly mask is decorated with gold leaf and tasteful to hang on wall as decorative mask: Little Jolly "Soave" Little Venetian Jolly mask. Authentic...

    77,87€
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  • Venetian Mask handcrafted in Venice by Masters according to traditional masks masking process. Wearable mask, ribbons included, perfect for your masquerade parties. Classic mask of Venice decorated with gold leaf technique: Golden Bauta Mask Venetian Mask handcrafted in Venice...

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