Wearing masks in public in Venice dates back to 1162 honouring a great military victory. It expanded in scope and duration, and during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as a way of saving Venice's prestigious image to the world, masks were allowed for a large portion of the year. In 1339 a quaint law forbade lewd masks, or wearing a mask while visiting a convent. The wearing of masks in public was eventually banned in 1797, and it took until 1979 for it to become fully reinstated and government endorsed. Today Carnivale draws over 3 million visitors to Venice each year.
I am an Edinburgh based biologist/photographer who spends half the year in southern Africa.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.