Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sepia Scenes #19



Hi everybody it's Sepia Scenes again!

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This photo is of a mask, a special Venetian mask made in the style of those worn by Italian jesters.

The use of masks during the life of the Venetian Republic remains one of mankind's notably eccentric practices. Indeed, masks have been worn in cultures throughout the world for thousands of years, but perhaps never with such fervent pageantry as in Venice.

Masks served an important social purpose of keeping every citizen on an equal playing field. Masked, a servant could be mistaken for a nobleman - or vice versa. State inquisitors and spies could question citizens without fear of their true identity being discovered (and citizens could answer without fear of retribution). The morale of the people was maintained through the use of masks - for with no faces, everyone had voices.
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I thought you would like to see what the original mask looks like:



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21 comments:

Mojo said...

But no one could ever mask the beauty and the talent that's our Mary T.

Interesting concept... "with no faces, everyone had voices." It just might work.

Actually, in a way, blogging accomplishes that very same thing. Years ago I said "Welcome to the internet, where all the women are gorgeous, all the men are studly and all the drinks are free." Same idea n'cest pas?

Robin said...

That is such a beautiful mask Mary. I was about to guess that it was Venetian when I read your post.

I like J's insights about blogging as a form of masking. Something to think about.

marLou said...

This could be a ode to Mardi Gras. Love the mask. I'm glad you also showed the colored version because the colors are lovely.

PJ said...

Hi, Mary! I have two entries this week and they're on my other blog - cuz I had already done the woik and didn't want to do anymore! Hah!
Both versions of the mask are sublime and the back story is fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

Shinade said...

I have to agree with Mojo Mary. you are the best.

I love your subject this week. The mask is really neat.

I actually made it on time.

Happy day everyone:-)))

Ralph said...

It seems that such masks are used these days in say, Mardi Gras. The mask of a disguise obviously had its roots developed far in the past, who knows how far back. But the Venetians turned these identity changing devices into a stylish art statement. Beautiful original and in sepia too...

Your EG Tour Guide said...

The history about masks is so interesting, Mary! The sepia transforms the mask into an ageless treasure. ;-)

kden said...

Great detail to the mask, even with Sepia.

Patti said...

Hi Mary,
I love that mask, but surely you jest...trying to be funny.

I will be posting my entry later.

Sepia makes things look so intriguing! I like that you posted the original photo as well.

ROSIDAH said...

Hi Mary,

what a great idea you have on your blog. Your photos are so beautiful. I didn't know how to change photos into sepia and had great fun at my first try this morning. Thanks for sharing and best wishes :)!

napaboaniya said...

A mask that's beautiful in both sepia and color. The original one looks good as a wall decoration, the sepia looks good as a picture :)

Mask - Something everyone will wear..be it a real mask for party or an invisible on their face. I would rather see people with masks on their faces than to know people with invisible mask on.

Mike said...

Lovely mask.

Mine at

http://pehuajeando.blogspot.com/2009/02/sepia-scenes-escenas-en-sepia-4.html

Terri said...

What an interesting mask! I love it.

Happy Mardi Gras.

Tricia said...

The sepia shading is perfect for that photo - it suits the mask!

Dianne said...

the mask looks amazing in sepia Mary

the daily said...

that is very interest mask...

My entry for SC this week : in HERE. Hope you have time to visit . Thanks

Jientje said...

Perfect for this week!!! I love how you included the original picture!
Mine is up too!

Melli said...

Ohhh... in sepia it looks so sad... I would title this one The Party's Over. It is a beautiful mask...

Sherrie said...

Hi Mary,
I like your mask! It's very pretty. I like them both. Mine is posted. Have a great day!!

Sherrie

Carletta said...

Mojo has already quoted what touched me in what I read. The eyes are really what tell the truth.
I think Elaine had some great thoughts that everybody does indeed wear masks.
Such thought provoking words everywhere here today. :)

Love the mask. The sepia 'masks' the beauty of the original.
I tried adding a little color like you did last week. Not sure I really like it yet.

Julie said...

I really like the mask, both photo's.