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


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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely Tom

  • Thank you kindly Tina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowalmost 5 years ago

    These beautiful colorful pieces are full of stunning texture!!! Tom, the story is great… I thought the masks would be for secret encounters but the social part was most interesting…… So what happens the day after???? lol

  • Depends how lucky you get Brenda – Hehe
    The masks are lovely and they are everywhere in Venice …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 5 years ago

    gorgeous capture and colors!

  • Thank you so much Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 5 years ago

    good one tom the hdr works well

  • Thank you Philip, much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 5 years ago

    beautiful work Tom.x

  • Thank you dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 5 years ago


  • Cheers Jason …

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  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 5 years ago


  • Thank you Sean …

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  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture Tom.

  • Thank you kindly Lynne …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanalmost 5 years ago

    Great colours and details Tom, I have seen the carnival on TV and it looks amazing!!

  • Thank you Shaun, so glad you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

    IRISHPIXalmost 5 years ago

    This is just awesome.

  • Thank you Joe, always appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

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