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Venetian Carnival Masks

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Published on Feb 16, 2010

Traditionally people were allowed to wear masks between Santo Stefano (December 26th) and midnight of Shrove Tuesday. They were used to hide the wearer's identity and social status for a variety of purposes, some of them illicit or criminal, others just personal, such as secret romantic encounters. Over the years, the art of masks making in Venice has developed into art making. - created at http://animoto.com

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