22 Nov 2008
Venice Carnival is the most internationally known yearly festival, as well as one of the oldest. Carnevale began in the 15th century, but the tradition can be traced back to the beginning of the 14th. Mussolini had banned masks in Venice, but they have been made and sold in shops all over the city since the revival of Carnevale in 1979. I enjoyed looking at and photographing the vast assortment of masks adorning Venetian shop windows. My favorites are at Casin dei Nobili, where Valentina Pala and Stefano Oliani create the best, using antique molds.