40 Portraits in Disguise: Carnival of Venice in Creative Mask Design

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The city of Venice is back again to celebrate its time-honored spectacular Carnevale. Carnival or also known as mardi gras is a fun filled moments of dazzling costume party parades and masquerade balls concluding on Shrove Tuesday of February 21, 2012. The term carnival originates from Latin that means “Farewell, meat!” wherein people are required to fast, throughout the period until Ash Wednesday.

This year 2012 Venice Carnival theme is La vita e teatro! Tutti in maschera or “Life is a theater. It’s time to get masked.” describing Venice as truly the capital of European theatre. The exceptional event celebration will continue for two colorful weeks. Let’s watch the video below.

If you would like to celebrate an important event or simply want to travel to Venice with your event or portrait photography, these types of special event can be unequalled! Venice Carnival formally opened last February 11 accompanied by a huge celebration in Saint Mark’s Square. Then a costumed figure arrives the following day via a rope from the bell tower, traditionally known as the Flight of Angel. A giant group kiss ends the event at midnight in Saint Mark’s Square along with a stunning fireworks showcase across the Venetian lagoon. You may grab the Program Event in PDF form or check out their Official Website for more details.

VENETIAN MASKS


Venetian masks are traditionally made from papier-mache and sometimes made of leather. Wearing a mask was designed to keep people somewhat anonymous with their lavish costumes. It made it possible for the lower classes of Italian society to get close and rub shoulders with the upper classes.

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Venice Carnival Mask Types

  1. Bauta is a mask which covers the whole face, this was a traditional piece of art, with a stubborn chin line, no mouth, and lots of gilding.
  2. Columbina is a half mask often highly decorated with gold, silver, crystals and feathers.
  3. Medico Della Peste or the Plague Doctor with its long beak is one of the most bizarre and recognizable of the Venetian masks.
  4. Moretta brought out the beauty of feminine features such as the female head, body and mind.
  5. Volto or Larva mainly white mask and is worn with a tricorn and cloak.

VENICE CARNIVAL’S PORTRAITS IN DISGUISE


Everyone performs a lot of role-playing throughout his life wherein the Venice Carnival amazingly sum it up with its creative mask design. Here are 40 stunning colorful portrait photography of masked people in dazzling costumes taken during the Carnival season. It was a huge tourist attraction irregardless if you’re a Christian or not.

01-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-001. Photo via HogsvilleBrit

 
02-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-562. Photo via Nemodus photos

 
03-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-883. Photo via Daniele Franceschini

“Disguise your face.
Don’t disguise your soul.”

04-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-544. Photo via Yen Baet

 
05-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-495. Photo via Photo-555.com

 
06-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-736. Photo via Alberto Grego Photography

 
07-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-087. Photo via Snicph

 
08-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-658. Photo via Nemodus photos

 
09-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-429. Photo via David Pin

“Leave behind just for one day, negativity, rage, anxiety, fear, prejudice.”

10-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-6310. Photo via Treflexion

 
11-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-7011. Photo via Nemodus photos

 
12-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-7412. Photo via Terencetai

 
13-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-9613. Photo via Samuel Chinellato

 
14-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-4114. Photo via David Pin

 
15-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-4415. Photo via David Pin

“Take off your daily mask and create a new character!”

16-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-9016. Photo via Giancarlob

 
17-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-5917. Photo via TwoZeroWest

 
18-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-3918. Photo via MaxCere

 
19-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-7219. Photo via Nemodus photos

 
20-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-8220. Photo via f_a_z_e_r

“Venice Carnival is a free port where
you can be whoever you want.”

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21. Photo via Nemodus photos

 
22-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-1122. Photo via Flemmens

 
23-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-6923. Photo via Nemodus photos

 
24-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-6424. Photo via Nemodus photos

 
25-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-7125. Photo via Ramsesoriginal

Life is theatre! It’s time to get masked.

26-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-8626. Photo via Francesco Santo

 
27-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-9327. Photo via Sergio Pavan

 
28-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-4828. Photo via Shadow13777

 
29-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-4729. Photo via David Pin

“Let off steam. Join the party and free your real character!”

30-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-8530. Photo via Ronnyreportage

 
31-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-9131. Photo via Anja_johnson

 
32-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-6632. Photo via Nemodus photos

 
33-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-9433. Photo via David Pin

 
34-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-4534. Photo via David Pin

 
35-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-9835. Photo via TwoZeroWest

“Wear a mask to live the true spirit of the Venice Carnival!”

36-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-7736. Photo via Nicola Del Mutolo

 
37-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-6237. Photo via Blueroom66

 
38-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-6738. Photo via Nemodus photos

 
39-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-8439. Photo via Ronnyreportage

 
40-portraits-in-disguise-carnival-of-venice-in-creative-mask-designs-8340. Photo via Tiziano Rinaldo

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Nora @LogoDesign

This is so cool to see the collection of colorful masks here, btw thanks for this examples here!

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Carnival Masks

Thank you very much for compiling these photos of custom made venetian masks, because most of them i haven’t spotted anywhere else before. Simply stunning.

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Charlie

These are so captivating.. I wish I was there also to photograph those lavish costumes.

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