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aĂšte, morette, gnaghe and plague doctors are some of the most famous masks in the Venetian tradition, to which those from the Commedia dell'arte were added, made famous by theatrical plays and by the comedies of Carlo Goldoni in particular. Zanni, Pantalone, Arlecchino, Pulcinella, Colombina... Just how do you dress up to take part in one of the many masked balls organised every evening during Carnival time? There are no doubts - a classical Venetian costume: baĂšta for him and moretta for her and tabarro (black cape) and tricorn (three-cornered hat) for both. It would be just unthinkable to leave Venice without having taken a peek at one of the many specialised shops and studios, without having bought a mask or having rented a Carnival ( venezia ) MAGAZINE

costume. These were in fashion already at the time of Goldoni who, in his "Le Massere" comedy, explains that those who could not afford to buy splendid costumes would rent them from the revendigola (second-hand retailer). Just entering a workshop that makes masks or costumes is like taking a leap into the past and entering a magic and dream-like world. Despite the fact that there are many mask and costume shops of all kinds, there are still some workshops where craftsmen create papermachĂŠ or leather masks using traditional methods, or studios where designers and tailors sew unique outfits and accessories. Nowadays, masks have become popular again - once the Carnival was revived in the 1980s, the work of maschereri - craftsmen who created masks - and spe-

Detourism Magazine #17 Gen Feb 2016  

Detourism Venezia Detourism Venezia magazine 17 Gennaio Febbraio 2016 - January February 2016 Detourism è il magazine della Città di Venezia...

Detourism Magazine #17 Gen Feb 2016  

Detourism Venezia Detourism Venezia magazine 17 Gennaio Febbraio 2016 - January February 2016 Detourism è il magazine della Città di Venezia...

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