Venetian Jester Masks
Venetian Jester and Jolly Masks for Masquerades and Halloween
The Venetian jester mask is the classic male joker face with red and black velvet tines tipped with gold bells. This is handcrafted and fashioned after the centuries-old clown masks worn by professional actors in the traveling improvisational theater Commedia dell'Arte, (Italian, literally meaning "Artistic Comedy") which dominated European Theater from the sixteenth through the eighteenth century. There were also female jesters, but the most famous one was Mathurine, known for her barbed wit, who presided in the French court in the 17th century during the reigns of Henry II, Henry IV, and Louis XIII.
In the Medieval Ages, the jester held an important royal position in the King's court, not only as an entertainer but as an adviser, even on political matters of the kingdom. The jester was empowered to bluntly criticize anyone and anything without fear of retribution. He was the only privileged member of the royal staff who can tell it like it is, liven things up and influence social changes.
This lens is a tribute to the Venetian jester mask, one of the many different masks which make its appearance in Carnival of Venice and in modern day celebrations, like Mardi Gras, Halloween, masquerade balls, New Year's Eve, and proms.
Origin of masquerade masks
Italian masks dates back to 1162 when Doge Vitale Michieli won a victory over Ulrich II of Treven and a party took place--called "Carnevale"--to celebrate the event.
Masks and the Commedia dell'Arte links - Masks require gestural acting to indicate emotions
Masks were used in Commedia dell Arte for two reasons - one was to help identify the characters. Stock characters (the same characters are used in each show) in the street theaters were usually the masters, the servants and the lovers. Each character has his own distinct mask, mannerisms, and walk. The performances were improvised and revolved around the topics of adultery, jealousy, love and old age.
The second purpose of the masks was to limit the view of the actors, making them act out their emotions with improvised gestures within the contraint of the masks. While wearing the masks, the actors have to make the audience laugh without speaking, hence, gestural acting was the way the players created their characters and spoke to the audience.
- The Commedia dell'arte
An overview of the Italian improvised drama known as Commedia dell'arte; the subjects of Commedia dell'arte and the significance of the masks.
- Commedia dell'Arte Criticism
Commedia dell'Arte Criticism and Essays
- Commedia performance of emotion
Perfoming emotion and the commedia dell'arte in seventeenth-century France.
- Medieval Jesters
Medieval Jesters! Get Medieval facts, information and history about Medieval Jesters. Fast and accurate facts about Medieval Jesters.
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A Fool's Hat
The Medieval floppy hat of the Jester or Fool originally had three points, symbolizing the asses' ears, nose and tail.
Joker Venetian Masks
The Joker is Wild!
'Il Buffone', or the Jester, is one of the most traditional and the most popular of Italian Carnevale masks. Venetian masks are sought after by collectors all over the world. These paper-mache masks are handcrafted, handpainted and decorated with the same attention to detail as the artisans of centuries ago. The velvelty tines tipped with the jingle bells is the signature look of the jester mask with or without the collars. All are proudly made in Venice, Italy and come with a certificate of authenticity.
Halloween Joker Venetian Mask
The Jolly is the female version of the Venetian Jester mask.
Jester and Jolly Masks
A Perfect Pairing for a masquerade ball
Create a sensation on your next New Year's Eve party. Come as a pair of jesters wearing these stunningly rich and expressive Venetian masks. And when the party is over, hang them as wall decors until the next occasion beckons you to put them on again. Handmade and elaborately decorated by artisans in Venice, Italy.
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Interesting links on Venetian masks
- Magic of Venezia Mask Story
Explore the Origin of the Venetian Mask
- History Of Venetian Masks At Carnivale
History of the Venetian Masks at carnevale. Masquerade masks play an important role in the history of masking.
- Information on Venetian Masks | eHow.com
Information on Venetian Masks. A unique tradition of wearing masks to conceal one's identity emerged in Venice, Italy during times of antiquity. Banned by the Catholic Church at one time, the masks had become part of a culture where debauchery and im
- History of Venetian Carnevale & Venetian Carnival Masks
History of Carnevale, Venetian Carnival Masks & Commedia Dell'arte.
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The need to be masked
During the medieval times in the Republic of Venice, masks were worn to conceal the wearer's identity and social status. Mingling across social classes became rampant. Illicit, immoral and criminal activities became pervasive. This prompted the Catholic Church to outlaw the use of the masks.
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Red Jolly Arcobaleno + Bav Venetian Mask
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The Queen's own fool
La Jardiniere was a female jester who served at the court of Mary, Queen of Scotts who ruled England from 1553-1558.
Blue Gold Flower Jolly Fiori Venetian Masquerade Mask
Jane the Foole
Jane Foole was an English court jester of Queen Catherine Parr, Queen Mary I of England, and possibly Ann Boleyn in the 16th century.
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Venetian masks made a comeback
The Fascist party banned the Venetian Carnival during the 1930's. In 1979, a group of art students and artisans revived the art of mask-making and revived the carnevale. Today, the annual "Carnival of Venice" is an internationally renowned event, celebrated by tourists and Venetians alike.
Green Jolly Arcobaleno + Bav Venetian Mask
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Discover the history of Mardi Gras
- The Traditions Of Mardi Gras
The history of a Mardi Gras celebration existed many years before Europeans came to the New World. Some time in the Second Century, during mid-February (usually February 15 according to the Julian calendar), Ancient Romans would observe what they cal
- About Mardi Gras in New Orleans | Mardi Gras 2012 | Mardi Gras Parade Schedule
Official site for Mardi Gras 2012 in New Orleans, offering regular updates on Mardi Gras. The best place to get Mardi Gras beads, masks, king cakes and unique decorations.
- Mardi Gras — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts
Discover the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and explore where it is celebrated around the globe. Find out how different cultures celebrate this holiday.
Gold Venetian Jolly Masks
The Mardi Gras color Gold symbolizes Power
Gold emboldens any masquerade mask and adds richness and opulence. These are handpainted and decorated to add drama and make heads turn.
White Gold Jolly Lillo Venetian Masquerade Mask
The Venetian mask is the emblem of the Carnevale di Venezia (Carnival of Venice), a pageant and street fair celebrating hedonism.
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Carnevale di Venezia (Carnival of Venice) - Life is a theater, we are all wearing a mask.
If you missed the yearly carnival in Venice, Italy, experience the magic and splendor of the celebration with these videos. The masks and the costumes are in every colors of the kaleidoscope, dazzling the eyes of the spectators and revelers. See for yourself. You may consider booking a trip there next year.
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- Twelfth Night - Analysis of Fools
Twelfth Night - Analysis of Fools A fool can be defined in many meanings according to the Oxford English Dictionary On Historical Principles. The word could mean "a silly person", or "one who professionally counterfeits folly for the entertainment of
- Shakespearean fool - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Shakespearean fool is a recurring character type in the works of William Shakespeare. Shakespearean fools are usually clever peasants or commoners that use their wits to outdo people of higher social standing.
Fun, lively and brings the jester to life
How to Make your own Italian Mask
Step-by-step instructions here.
Take this quick poll - It is a human need to laugh
Standup comedians are the modern day jesters who crack jokes, criticize, cajole, and tell like it is, regarding every subject under the sun. The humor usually hits home for most of us. Yet, we continue to enjoy them. Robin Williams is one of my favorites.
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A Fun Read about Modern Day Jesters
A motley collection of jester legend and history, divided into sections by continent.
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Be the belle of the ball.