The Carnival Of Venice - Textural Impasto Palette Knife Oil Painting Mona Edulesco
Painting - Oil On Canvas
"THE CARNIVAL OF VENICE" by Mona Edulesco.
Textural impasto palette knife oil painting on stretched canvas 65x90cm (26”x36”), 2018. This was a custom commission painting for a collector from Hong Kong.
This painting is part of my Venice series and it is a new rendition of my painting "Venice Carnaval" made in 2012.
The Carnival of Venice (Italian: Carnevale di Venezia) is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.
Masks have always been a main feature of the Venetian carnival. Traditionally people were allowed to wear them between the festival of Santo Stefano (St. Stephen's Day, December 26) 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 portion of the year in disguise. Maskmakers (mascherari) enjoyed a special position in society, with their own laws and their own guild.
Venetian masks can be made in leather, porcelain or with the original glass technique. The original masks were rather simple in design, decoration, and often had a symbolic and practical function. Nowadays, most of them are made with the application of gesso and gold leaf and are all hand-painted using natural feathers and gems to decorate.
June 29th, 2019
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