Carnevale of Venice

Carnevale of Venice

Julie Jurden

carnivale masks

Romance, magic, mystery, and elegance are just a few ways to describe one of Italy’s most well known celebrations.  Venice, Italy hosts Carnevale annually, this year’s celebration is from February 11th-28th.  

It's said that the Carnevale of Venice started from a victory against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven in 1162 and flourished as a pre-lent celebration for many, many years.  After the fall of the Venice Republic, Carnevale celebrations ceased due to French and Austrian domination. Joyfully, in 1979 the festival was picked back up by a group of Venetian artists who wanted to continue the magical celebration.

For a glorious two weeks, attendees take part in concerts, street performances, boat parades by candlelight and many other celebrations open to the public and free of charge. Those lucky enough to get an invitation, partake in what Carnevale is most known for, the opulent masquerade ball.

One of the main attractions at the Carnevale, are the captivating venetian masks made out of gesso, a white paint mixture consisting of a binder mixed with chalk, gypsum, and pigment. They are worn with long flowing renaissance gowns and colorful costumes that are captivating to the eye.

Venice is considered the soul of Italy where art and culture collide and romanticism and beauty are shared. If you get the chance to visit this wondrous city, go during Carnevale. You’ll be in for a treat!

If you are looking to bring a touch of Venice into your home, our Veneto collection is just for you! Sharing four scenes from the famous city of canals and Carnivale celebrations, our Veneto Collection comes in a set of four to be hung or used as appetizer plates.