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Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of Venice, Italy. The masks are typically worn during the Carnevale (Carnival of Venice), but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer’s identity and social status. The mask would permit the wearer to act more freely in cases where he or she wanted to interact with other members of the society outside the bounds of identity and everyday convention. It was thus useful for a variety of purposes, some of them illicit or criminal, others just personal, such as romantic encounters.

Venetian Masks are characterised by their ornate design, featuring bright colours such as gold or silver and the use of complex decorations in the baroque style. Many designs of Venetian masks stem from Commedia dell’arte.

Information from Wikipedia.

Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Sigma 18-200mm lens
Exif data from the JPG
F-stop f/4.5
ISO 200
Focal length 33 mm


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  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 5 years ago


  • Thank you Sean …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Rachael Lynch
    Rachael Lynchover 5 years ago

    great colours Tom

  • Thank you Rachael, they were really eye catching …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago


  • So glad you like it Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44over 5 years ago

    Vibrant shot.
    Nicely detailed

  • Thank you John, the masks are everywhere in Venice …

    – Tom Gomez

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyabout 5 years ago

    It is a beautiful shot Tom. I lived in Munich five years, and on weekends and holidays very much enjoyed exploring the neighboring countries. I stayed in Venice one week during carnival once and will always remember being dazzled by this extraordinary event. The masks are exquisite and the costumes extraordinarily ornate and very beautiful. It was like stepping back in time hundreds of years.

  • Thanks for the great comment Sharon, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyabout 5 years ago

    I wish I had a digital camera then. It was in the early 90’s and I was using a Nikon shooting hundreds of rolls of film. I remember too that these masks are extraordinarily expensive. I wanted to buy one but it was out of my range. The large life sized ones that interested me most were displayed in a kiosk on a busy side street near the plaza and were many hundreds of dollars. I settled for a small porzellan mask which is very beautiful. They are so creative. I love the Victorian style masks, the pretty jeweled ones in soft pastels.

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunabout 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Tom, what a marvelous trip it must have been !

  • Thank you Trudi, we had a great time …

    – Tom Gomez

  • BCImages
    BCImagesabout 5 years ago

    excellent work tom

  • Thank you so much Steve …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bradley Shawn  Rabon
    Bradley Shawn ...about 5 years ago

    This says Venice to me more than anything else. My wife and I spent almost an hour in a small shop looking at all these beautiful masks. Great capture.

  • I know what you mean Bradley. This is my daughters favourite shot from my Venice trip …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyabout 5 years ago
    beautiful masks ! great capture
  • Thank you Elaine …

    – Tom Gomez

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