The Venetian Carnevale: History, Paintings and Masks

Italian Club of St. Louis February Meeting
Wednesday, February 21 6:30 pm
Favazza’s Banquet Center
$30 members/$35 non-members

The Venetian Carnevale:  History, Paintings and Masks 

Dr. Cynthia Stollhans, Saint Louis University





Venice is one of the most beautiful and unforgettable cities of the world. She has been called La Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” “City of Water,” and “City of Canals.” And, whether one visited 500 years ago or yesterday, you quickly learn that Venice is the European capital for Carnevale celebrations.

Carnevale in Venice is like no other experience. Dr. Cynthia Stollhans, Professor of Art History at Saint Louis University, will present the origins of the Carnevale celebrations as well as examine aspects of visual culture: paintings and masks. With Venetian paintings she will illustrate the Carnevale sins of seeking sexual pleasures, gambling, drinking, and throwing eggs. Often these activities were conducted while wearing a mask to hide one’s true identity. Through the years the tradition of wearing masks, often based on Commedia dell’arte characters, evolved into a popular art form which still thrives in today’s world.

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