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24.000 x 18.000 x 2.000 cm.
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Urban Story - The Carnival
Painting - Oil On Canvas
ORIGINAL PALETTE KNIFE OIL PAINTING ON CANVAS/ 7 x 9,4 inches
This oil painting will be exposed at the XXII ESPOSIZIONE INTERNAZIONALE DEGLI ARCHITETTI ARTISTI. The exhibition theme is "URBAN STORIES" and will take place between 19/03/2013 and 24/03/2013 in Venice.
The Carnival of Venice (Italian: Carnevale di Venezia) is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Marted� Grasso), the day before Ash Wednesday.
Masks have always been a main feature of the Venetian carnival. Traditionally people were allowed to wear them between the festival of Santo Stefano (St. Stephen's Day, December 26) and the start of the carnival season and midnight of Shrove Tuesday. They have always been around Venice. As masks were also allowed on Ascension and from October 5 to Christmas, people could spend a large portion of the year in disguise. Maskmakers (mascherari) enjoyed a special position in society, with their own laws and their own guild.
Venetian masks can be made in leather, porcelain or with the original glass technique. The original masks were rather simple in design, decoration, and often had a symbolic and practical function. Nowadays, most of them are made with the application of gesso and gold leaf and are all hand-painted using natural feathers and gems to decorate.
January 23rd, 2013
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