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Venice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic

James Johnson

Abstract

“The entire town is disguised” declared a French tourist of eighteenth-century Venice. And, indeed, maskers of all ranks—nobles, clergy, imposters, seducers, con men—could be found mixing at every level of Venetian society. Even a pious nun donned a mask and male attire for her liaison with the libertine Casanova. This book offers a spirited analysis of masking in this carnival-loving city. It draws on a wealth of material to explore the world view of maskers, both during and outside of carnival, and reconstructs their logic: covering the face in public was a uniquely Venetian response to one ... More

Keywords: Venice, Casanova, masking, carnival, identity, class hierarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520267718
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267718.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Johnson, author