January 15, 2012

Medico Della Peste (The Plague Doctor)

Venetian masks isolated on whiteMasks have always been a central feature of the Venetian carnival. Traditionally people were allowed to wear them between the festival of Santo Stefano and the start of the carnival season and midnight of Shrove Tuesday. They have always been around Venice. As masks were also allowed on Ascension and from October 5 to Christmas, people could spend a large proportion of the year in disguise.

In my photo there are two venetian masks isolated on white background. Left one with the long bird beak is called "The plague doctor". Medico Della Peste (The Plague Doctor) is the venetian mask used long time ago for treating plague victims.

© Photographer: Alvera | Agency: Dreamstime.com

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