“Buongiorno, signora maschera!” (“Good morning, Mrs Mask!”) was the greeting used during the Carnival in Venice, when men and women walked around ‘calli’, ‘rughe’, and ‘campielli’ disguised – and exhilarated by the freedom provided by their temporary anonymity.
Entering Ca’ Macana – one of the oldest mask workshops in the city on the lagoon – you may feel compelled to use the same salutation. Masks here are made according to Venice’s authentic craftsmanship tradition (which most experts agree began in the Late Middle Ages, around the 13th century), yet express unbridled creativity in their free, innovative interpretation of the world-renowned skills that ‘mascareri’ have passed on generation after generation.
Their beauty could not go unnoticed: masks made in Ca’ Macana were used by Stanley Kubrick in his “Eyes Wide Shut”, and some were made exclusively for some shows at the Wiener Staatsoper, the most important opera theater in Wien.
If you happen to be in the area, don’t hesitate to stop by and say hello to “Mrs Mask”: she will welcome you openly, and reveal all of her beauty to you.