University of Atlantia

Course Detail

History and How-to of Venetian Carnevale Masks

Instructor:
Isabetta Orsini


Instructor's Kingdom: Æthelmearc, Time Zone: EST
University Session:
UA108-9/19 September 19, 2021
Crs #:
301
Time:
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Fee:
Length:
2 hrs
Credits:
2
Attendees:
23/98
Room:
Boudoir
Course Category:
Costume and Textiles
Description
This class explores the history of the Venetian Carnivale mask beginning with its earliest mention in the 13th century up through modern times. Though much of the history has been lost to the ages for various reasons, researchers have been able to gather information from remaining sources such as legal documents and personal dowries. We will also discuss the most common types of masks worn in period, their most frequent uses, and look at images of those mask. The second portion of the class will be a display/discussion of how and why I became interested in this topic, my early attempts at making masks, and the evolution of my mask-making trials using techniques similar to those I believe were used in period. Time and space (mostly space) allowing I will attempt a live demonstration of the various steps to mask-making as I am currently doing it. This class will not be recorded though there are various versions recorded out there available if you search for them. The class handout is available here: https://isabettaorsini.wordpress.com/class-handouts/