Masks Essay

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Raksha Khetan 1Week OneMasks of VeniceVenetian masks have existed for centuries and can be found all over the world in books, in costume shops, as art in galleries and even in movies. These highly decorated disguises have become a part of many cultures influenced by the Venetians.Back in the 12th and 13th centuries, Venetian masks were worn in every day life to hide the identity of the people doing any number of illicit activities; such as gambling, dancing, and even in political meetings. By the 17th century, these masks were restricted to be worn in everyday life by the Catholic Church. However, there came a time where people were allowed to wear these masks, this was during the weeklong carnival celebration. Today Venetian masks still represent Venice and it's carnivals, however they are now used in other ways such as the Mardi gras.To make the masks, first the maker will create a clay mold in the shape of a face. Then papier-mâché, thin strips of paper and glue are placed over the mold and allowed to dry before the mask can be decorated lavishly with paint, glitter, feathers, fur, jewels, lace and leather.The masks of Venice are mainly used for the carnival; they have been the 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 at midnight of Shrove Tuesday. There are many different types of Venetian masks, but the main two are Bauta and the Columbina.The Bauta masks, also known as Baùtta, are designed to comfortably cover the whole face. Among the various masks made in Venice during the 18th century, the Bauta masks were worn by men, women, boys and girls, the rich and the poor, and was considered as the most effective disguise. It is believe that the name "Bauta" may come from the same root as the German behuten, "to protect", which is exactly what this mask does. It protects one's identity, by means of a black hooded cape, trimmed with lace for noble, and a Bauta mask with a unique shape.The Columbina masks, also known as Columbine or a Columbino, are half masks, only covering the wearer's eyes nose and upper cheeks. These masks are highly decorated and are held up to the face by a ribbon or a baton. The decorations used are mostly gold, silver, crystals and feathers. While both men and women now wear this mask, it first began as a woman's analog of the Bauta mask. This was because as the girls did not want to hide their beauty, they wanted to cover only a part of their faces.Week two1.Center of Personality:One of the parts of our body was the center of our personality. This meant that when we were told that it was our hands, we would walk around moving nothing but our hands. When we were told it was our shoulders, we would walk around moving our shoulders and nothing else. We did this exercise so that we know how much our body can tell the audience. Just by moving one part of our...

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