Venetian Masks & Costumes
Think of Carnival in Venice, and naturally you think of masks and costumes. The tradition began during the 1400s and reached its peak in the 18th century. Masks and costumes virtually disappeared, however, in 1797 when Napoleon ended the Venetian Republic.
In 1978, a group of former Academy of Fine Arts students opened Venice’s first modern mask shop, and thus the tradition was reborn.
Two years later, Alberto Sarria began making masks using traditional materials and designs. His works of art are displayed in his two shops, situated at Santa Croce and San Polo, Masks of all types sit on the shelves and hang from the ceiling in his shops. The craftsman also makes marionettes. A visit to Alberto Sarria Masks makes for delightful and colorful excursion. For more information: http://www.masksvenice.com/ +39 041 717907 +39 041 5207278
To be dazzled by costumes, visit Nicolao Atelier Costumi d’Arte at Cannaregio 2590. The flamboyant Stefano Nicolao oversees a studio featuring more than 10,000 period costumes. You’ve likely seen Nicolao’s costumes, as they’ve been nominated for Oscars for Farinel- li, Le Ali dell’amore and Elizabeth. For more information: http://www.nicolao.com/ + 39 041