Wed 27 Feb 2019

Venice, a life with a mask

From 11:00 to 12:00
Location: Laboratorio artigianale di Ca’ Macana
Address: Dorsoduro 3172 - Venezia, 30123 Italia (Directions)


History of the Carnival, traditional masks and the technique used to create them


An hour conference, available in Italian, English and French following three themes:




  1. History of the Bautta, Moretta and Plague Doctor masks

These were the most important masks in Venice during the time of La Serenissima. By showing famous paintings and old prints, we will present how masks were used as part of Venetian life. Participants will travel in time to find out about this unique Venetian lifestyle when masks were used daily for more than 6 months per year.

2. We will show how to make a traditional Venetian mask using the traditional technique

In a plaster mould, we make the first layer of the paper-mache mask, using a special type of paper. From this demonstration, participants will understand the complete process of mask making. Following this, we will present several surprising techniques used to decorate masks.

Throughout the presentation, there will be a live projection on a large screen showing the demonstration from a close perspective.

3. History of Venetian Carnival

By showing historical images, we explain the meaning of Carnival, its social relevance, and its political meaning. We will talk thoroughly about Giovedì Grasso (Fat Thursday), the celebration that truly captures the total essence of Carnival.


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Date, time and language 

16 February      10.30 am      English

                    11.30 am       Italian

17 February      4.30 pm        Italian

                                     5.30  pm       English

23 February       10.30 am      French

                                     11.30 am       English

24 February       4.30  pm      Italian

                                       5.30 pm       English

25 February        11.00 am       English

26 February       11.00 am       English

27 February        11.00 am        English

28 February       11.00 am        English

1 March                 10.30 am      French

                                        11.30  am      English

2 March                 10.30 am      English

                                        11.30 am       Italian

 3 March                4.30 pm        Italian

                                 5.30 pm        French

4 March                 4.30 pm        English

                                 5.30 pm        French

5 March                10.30 am         English

                               11.30 am           French


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