Photo Essay

Carnevale

Masquerade

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.

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  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (22 Nov 2008):

    Very nice!!!! Lots of beautiful colors!!!! Well done!!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (27 Nov 2008):

    Beautiful captures. I esp. like the ones with window reflections.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (28 Jan 2009):

    Your essay was interesting and informative, and added depth to your splendid collection of Carnevale photos. Voting yeah.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (18 May 2009):

    Oh, I'm so excited to find these beautiful photos.....voted "YES"!

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols   gave props (23 Aug 2012):

    Wonderful. The Venice Carnival is #1 on my travel bucket list. I love Venitian masks and have decorated my half bath in the Venice theme.

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