Italian Renaissance Masks
Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of Venice, Italy. The masks are typically worn during the Carnival ( Carnival of Venice), but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer’s identity and social status. The mask would permit the wearer to act more freely in cases where he or she wanted to interact with other members of the society outside the bounds of identity and everyday convention. It was useful for a variety of purposes, some of them illicit or criminal, others just personal, such as romantic encounters.
Venetian masks are characterized by their ornate design, featuring bright colors such as gold or silver and the use of complex decorations in the baroque style. They can be full-face masks like the Bauta, or eye masks like the Columbina.
Students have finished creating the mold of their faces. They are now ready to build additional details and decoration to their masks. Students have been asked to print out an example of the type of mask they are going to be creating. Examples must be pasted in their sketchbooks and will be revised before they begin to work.