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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.

The whole of Venice and its Lagoon is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC

Three RAW images Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.


Featured in : DSLR Camera Users Group : 3 Feb 13
Featured in : Artistry Group : 8 Feb 13
Featured in : Italy and all Things Italian : 9 Mar 13

Related shots can be found at: Venice or Italy.


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  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 1 year ago

    Gorgeous catch, Tom! Well done! Amazing colours!

  • Thank you David …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 1 year ago

    I should wear a mask, might not scare so many people away!
    Beautiful artwork Tom :o)

  • Hehe, ya nutter, cheers mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 1 year ago

    It was the Bell’s you know!

  • Yep, they affect me as well …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 1 year ago

    What a fantastic capture dear Tom, such wonderful colours.x

  • Thank you dear Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 1 year ago


  • Always appreciated Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 1 year ago

    Wonderful image, Tom
    Beautifully decorated…

  • Very much appreciated Carol …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 1 year ago

    Wonderful … there are no others that can compare … well framed and captured Tom !

  • Thank you kindly Trish …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 1 year ago

    Wonderful colours. So beautiful.

  • Thank you so much Lilian …

    – Tom Gomez

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...over 1 year ago

    Excellent work of art!

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  • Very much appreciated, thank you …

    – Tom Gomez

  • vigor
    vigorover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work, congrats on your feature in Artistry Work!

  • Thank you so much Vigor …

    – Tom Gomez

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