The first documented usage of Venetian masks was in conjunction with the 1268 celebration of Doge Vitale Michieli’s triumph over Ulrich II of Treven. Later Venetian Masks became the signature of the Commedia Dell'arte, a form of improvisational theater during the 16th through 18th centuries that were performed by traveling theater companies producing comedies involving the topics of adultery, jealousy, and love. The tradition of mask making was rekindled in 1979 when a group of art students revived the tradition. In less than 30 years the artisan masks and Venice are once again synonymous.
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The first documented usage of Venetian masks was in conjunction with the 1268 celebration of Doge Vitale Michieli’s triumph over Ulrich II of Treven. Later Venetian Masks became the signature of the Commedia Dell'arte, a form of improvisational theater during the 16th through 18th centuries that were performed by traveling theater companies producing comedies involving the topics of adultery, jealousy, and love. The tradition of mask making was rekindled in 1979 when a group of art...
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