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Traditional Venetian Masks

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; ...

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.

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  • Bauta Masks

    The Bauta is one of the most recognisable of classic Venetian masks and was popular among both men and women. Completely covering the face the Bauta's wearer becomes unrecognisable, and thanks to the prominent nose and its projecting beak like chin line the wearer’s anonymity was preserved as they could talk, eat and drink without having to remove it. Bauta mask is completed with the addition of the zendal cape- the upper part covering person's hair, and the lower lace disguising the breadth of shoulders- and at the end the classic tricorn black hat. 

    Bauta mask is well know as the Giacomo Casanova's mask, but it was worn by men and women, nobles and servants, rich and poor. The significance of Bauta mask was to cover not just the face and identity, but moreovere to destroy, during carnival time, the differences bewteen gender and social class in the ancient Republic of Venice.

    VWS collection of Bauta masks includes classic decorations to modern reinterpretation, including gold leaf technique and relief colours, of the most famous traditional venetian mask: The Bauta

    *Every mask is a unique handcraft production. You are buying the same model mask with equivalent 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.

  • Comedy of Art Masks

    The roots of Commedia dell’Arte lie in the outdoor performances enacted by acrobatic jesters and the first professional actors during the Italian Renaissance. Drama originally was performed in churches, monasteries, streets, courtyards and squares. In fact, popular comedy was born in the squares or campos where stages were constructed and canvas backdrops painted with scenes of streets and gardens. Commedia dell’Arte was all about improvisation on stage spring-boarded from the specific rules that upheld popular themes and complex stories with lots of climax, acrobatic jumps and mellow love scenes. Actors used a progressive description of scenic action called cannovaccio and a series of dialogues. In each cannovaccio there were a string of characters who conformed to strict types with set characteristics e.g the bumbling servant or the rich tyrannical master.

    Most of these characters fell into pairs: the two elderly men Pantalone and Doctor Balanzone, the two young servants Brighella and Arlecchino etc. Usually the plot developed from an encounter between these two types with their corresponding masks leaving the audience in no doubt of who was who. The Magnifico, the Venetian belonging to an old family who was a staunch defender of tradition became Pantalone. He was, as previously mentioned often paired with Doctor Balanzone, a pedantic literary man who was also depicted as an actual physician sometimes. The dramatic sparks often flew when they come into contact with the Zanni- from Zuani, Giovanni- who were peasants or hills men who had moved to the city to become servants or porters. They were typically boorish and rough at first before evolving into astute, though always meddling and insolent, characters. They spoke in the dialect of Bergamo, though sometimes mixed it with the Venetian one to highlight their lack of refinement. These Zanni evolved into the two different characters of Brighella and Arlecchino.

    Commedia dell’Arte, stifled by the restrictions and prohibitions of the Counter Reformation elsewhere, found in Venice the free and easy atmosphere it needed to flourish. Carlo Goldoni dabbled with the traditional formula in the 18th century, introducing written text and elements of realism that made his plays celebrated all over the world.

    Pantalone ( Pantaloon ) Mask:

    Pantalone is the venetian merchant of the comedy of art masks. From it's first appearance among the theatrical commedia dell'arte companies, Pantalone "the Magnificent" spoke in unadulterated Venetian dialect. Pantalone is an old merchant, often very rich and highly esteemed by the nobility, but sometimes a merchant in ruin (Pantalon dè Bisognosi). In either case he is still a very special old man because despite his age he is still capable of making amorous advances which never conclude in a positive way.He is a hard-nosed businessman, to the point of sacrificing the happiness of his sons and family harmony just so he can arrange some advantageous marriage.

    Arlecchino ( Harlequin ) Mask:

    Arlecchino was born in the areas of lower Bergamo (north Italy), quite the opposite of his compatriot Brighella,he shows little intellect, he is stupid, greedy and credulous. Harlequin is always dressed as a humble servant or a porter as in Carlo Goldoni's "Servant to two Masters". The Harlequin costume consists of a jacket and trousers made of irregularly-shaped colored material, a white felt cap occasionally with a wooden spatula hanging from it. He wears a black half-mask with demonic features (legend is that the name Harlequin derives from a demon called Alichino cited by Dante Alighieri in Inferno, part of the "Divine Comedy").He sometimes has a bristly moustache and eyebrows and a large nose. A typical part of the Harlequin costume is the red lump on the head. It is an acrobatic mask with complex expressiveness.

    Colombina Mask:

    Colombina is a malicious but charming servant-girl, a comical character, not always a mirror of virtue like her eternal suitor Harlequin. She is known not only as Colombine but also as Arlecchina, Corallina, Ricciolina, Camilla and Lisetta and later becoming the elegant Marionette in Carlo Goldoni's "Crafty Widow". The costume is simple, similar to Harlequin's with numerous multicolored patches. She wears a white cap, the same color of her apron. Sometimes, she looks like a servant girl from the 18th century and she is rarely seen wearing a mask. Colombine speaks Tuscan dialect but she doesn't disdain other dialects.

    Brighella Mask:

    It's the mask of an astute ingenious servant who knows how to help, but also how to dupe his master .
    He is unscrupulous and can adapt to do any jobs.
    He can be a host ,a soldier, a servant or an out-and-out thief.
    He is the crafty servant in the commedia dell'arte. This mask has its origins in upper Bergamo and it is distinguished from its stupid and roguish counterpart from lower Bergamo.
    The costume consists of a coat and large cloth trausers with a jacket with green stripes along the chest and stomach looking vaguely like plumage. Sometimes there is a short cloak over the shirt and a curious hat.
    His speech is Bergamo dialect but with a particular accentuation making it sounds witty. He is an expert musician and singer and often carries a guitar.

    Balanzone Mask:

    He is a doctor from Bologna University- one of the oldest and most celebrated universities in Europe- but, because of the unintelligible language he speaks no one knows what kind of doctor he is- a physician or a lawyer? He regularly mixes languages, namely Latin words with Italian ones as well as throwing Bolognese and Venetian dialects into the mix. He represents the void between high culture (represented by his University education) and the ordinary people. 

    Il Capitano Mask:

    Originally the braggart and the piteous coward soldier of the Commedia dell’Arte he is late promoted to Captain .
    He is probably not a Captain in an Army but because he moves around from city to city pretending to have an higher status than he really should .
    He wants to short off at all the time , but he’s overhelmed by women and by possible competitors .
    Being sometimes Italian and sometimes Spanish he can talk in both languages that’s why he has more than one name Spezzaferro , Matamoros , Sangre y Fuego , Corta Rincones .
    He wears a Costume with coloured stripes adorned with fluttering ribbons , a white collar , a leather belt with a very long sward and a red velvet broad-brimmed hat with feathers and cockade .

    Zanni Mask:

    The Zanni - from Zuani , Giovanni - were peasants or hillsmen who had moved to the great town , becoming servants and porters , first boorish , then astute , insolent and meddling .
    They express themselves in the dialect of Bergamo , mixed with the Venetian one .
    The astute Zanni - the first Zanni - and the foolish Zanni - the second one - evolved into two different characters which would give rise respectively to Brighella and Arlecchino .
    While stifled elsewhere by the restrictions and prohibitions of the Counter - Reformation , in Venice the Commedia dell’Arte found the free-and easy atmosphere it needed .
    In an attempt to change the drama in the middle eighteenth century , Carlo Goldoni changed the traditional formula by introducing the written text and elements of realism that made his plays celebrated all over the world .

    *Every mask is a unique handcraft production. You are buying the same model mask with comparable 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.

  • Plague Doctor Masks

    The design of the Plague Doctor mask and costumes has been attributed to Charles de Lorme. Plague Doctor mask was the invention of a cautious french doctor who decided to adopt some sanitary precautions before visiting his infected patients. He stuffed the long beak like nose with garlic, spices and perfumes, and even cotton tissue saturated with vinegar. Crystal eyes were even glued to the Plague Doctor mask. The full costume comprises of a long black linen dress covered with an oilcloth, a large brimmed hat, a stick and a pair of gloves to further protect the doctor (the latter two saving him from having to touch the infected patient in question). This costume was adopted again by doctors in 1630 when Venice was struck down by the Bubonic Plague.  Venice was especially vulnerable to imported disease given her status as a centre for trade and sea commerce. Interestingly the word quarantine stems from the 17th century Venetian word quaranta, meaning forty, which was the number of days ships had to be isolated before her passengers and crew could go ashore during the Black Death plague epidemic.

    VenetianWebShop promote and sell traditional paper mache Plague Doctor masks, furthermore in VWS Plague Doctor masks collection you can find mask decorated with elegants pencil drawings of one of the most traditional and interesting venetian masks: The Plague Doctor mask.

    *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.

  • Special Venetian Masks

    Traditional Venetian masks combined with modern and contemporany designs. This collection of special venetian masks unites tradition and fantasy, classic skill and new ideas about the venetian mask-making process. See our collection of special venetian masks and choose your own piece of handmade venetian art.

    *Every mask is a unique handcraft production. You are buying the same model mask with comparable 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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  • Special Venetian Mask completely handcrafted in papier mache in Venice by talented Masters according to traditional venetian masks making process. Original mask totally decorated with gold and silver leaf: Bauta "Wings" Mask Special Venetian Mask completely...

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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 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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  • Traditional Venetian Mask handmade in paper mache by Master according to ancient historical venetian masks making process. Plague Dcotor is one of the most representative mask in Venice. Wearable mask, ribbons included, it's furthermore a tasteful wall mask to hang as decoration. Handpainted mask, old looking design, an authentic craftsmanship excellence... Traditional Venetian Mask handmade in...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Mask handcrafted in Venice according to ancient venetian carnival masks working process by famous masters. Wearable and comfortable paper mache mask completely handpainted with water colours. An authentic venetian craftsmanship excellence: Pulcinella Mask Original Comedy of Art Mask...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Masks handcrafted in Venice according to ancient venetian carnival masks working process by true masters. Wearable and comfortable paper mache mask completely handpainted. An authentic venetian craftsmanship excellence: Balanzone Mask Original Comedy of Art Masks...

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

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  • Paper Mache Venetian Masks to Hang  handcrafted in Venice by Master according to traditional venetian masks making process. It's an incredible paper sculpture decorated with water and relief colours and gold leaf technique. An authentic venetian craftsmanship excellence: Casanova Mask * contact us for availability of golden or brown hair Paper Mache Venetian Masks to Hang...

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  • Authentic Comedy of Art Mask in paper mache handcrafted in Venice according to traditional masks making process. Comfortable to wear theater mask handpainted and signed by venetian Master: Mattaccino Authentic Comedy of Art Mask in paper...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Masks handmade in venice according to traditional masks of Venice working process. Wearable and comfortable papier mache mask. An authentic venetian craftsmanship excellence: Zanni Mask Original Comedy of Art Masks handmade...

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

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  • Original Comedy of Art Masks handmade in paper mache by venetian masks makers according to traditional masks of Venice working process. It's a wearable theater mask manufactured in Venice, handpainted with water colours. A venetian craftsmanship excellence signed by famous artist: Zanni mask "Antique" Original Comedy of Art Masks handmade...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Masks handcrafted in Venice according to ancient venetian carnival masks working process by masters. Wearable and comfortable paper mache mask. An authentic venetian craftsmanship excellence: Arlecchino Mask  Original Comedy of Art Masks...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Masks manufactured in papier mache in Venice according to carnival of Venice masks making process. Pantalone is comfortable to wear during masquerades party or in carnival time. Completely handpainted Mask and decorated with old-looking technique, an authentic venetian craftsmanship excellence : Pantalone Mask Original Comedy of Art Masks...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Mask handmade in paper mache according to classic venetian theater mask working process. Classic character from comedy of art, handpainted and compfortable to wear. An original venetian craftsmanship excellence made by best masks Masters: Stenterello Mask Original Comedy of Art Mask handmade...

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  • Venetian Mask handmade in Venice by Masters according to antique carnival masks making process. Wearable and comfortable mask of Venice, ribbon included, ideal fit for your costume during masquerade parties and carnival time. Traditional venetian shape mask decorated with gold leaf technique, music paper, relief and water colours: Bauta Mask "Verdi" Venetian Mask handmade in Venice by...

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    Original Venetian Mask handcrafted in Venice in papier mache by venetian masters. Wearable and comfortable mask perfect for your masquerade parties. It's an historical icon of Venice, one of the most recognisable mask from Venice: Classic Bauta Mask Original Venetian Mask handcrafted in...

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  • Original Plague Dcotor Mask handcrafted in papier mache by famous Masters according to traditional venetian masks making process. Plague Dcotor is one of the most representative mask of Venice. It's wearable, ribbons included, but furthermore an elegant wall mask to hang as decoration. Handpainted mask, classic design, an authentic venetian craftsmanship... Original Plague Dcotor Mask...

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  • Original Moretta Mask handmade in papier mache accorrding to traditional carnival of Venice masks making process by venetian Masters. No ribbon, moretta mask is wearable by a button to keep betweeen lips, and total black decoration according to tradition. An authentic venetian craftsmanship excellence: Moretta Mask Original Moretta Mask handmade in...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Masks handmade in venice by famous artists according to traditional masks of Venice working process. Wearable and comfortable papier mache mask. An authentic venetian craftsmanship excellence signed and certified: Brighella Mask Original Comedy of Art Masks handmade...

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  • Bauta Mask handcrafted by masters in Venice according to traditional carnival masks making process. Wearable and comfortable mask, ribbon included, ideal fit for your costume during masquerade parties and carnival time. Bauta is one of the most famous and recognosable mask, it's decorated with gold leaf technique, music paper, glitters and water colours:... Bauta Mask handcrafted by masters in...

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  • Original Bauta mask handcrafted in papier mache by venetian Masters according to traditional masks making process. It's wearable and comfortable mask, ribbons included, ideal fit for your costume during masquerade balls and carnival time. Bauta is adorned with gold leaf technique, music paper, glitters and water colours. An authentic venetian... Original Bauta mask handcrafted in...

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  • Original Comedy of Art Masks handmade in venice according to traditional masks in papier mache. Wearable and comfortable  commedia dell'Arte mask of famous venetian character: the old merchant Pantalone. It's An authentic venetian craftsmanship excellence: Grotesque Pantalone Mask Original Comedy of Art Masks handmade...

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  • Special Venetian plague Doctor Mask handcrafted in papier mache in Venice by true mask Masters. This special kind of Plague Doctor mask is totally pencil draw depicting an historically faithful representation of Plague Doctor mask and costume. An authentic venetian artwork signed by famous venetian artist: The Plague Doctor "Black Pencil" Special Venetian plague Doctor Mask...

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