An artistic journey through the history of the Carnival of Venice and of Commedia dell’Arte, but also worlds of fantasy. We are talking about La Bottega dei Mascareri, the historic location on the Rialto Bridge and atelier on the nearby Calle dei Saoneri. Started in 1984 by Sergio Boldrin along with his brother Massimo, the shop has become a mecca for those in search of authentic Venetian papier-mâché masks, made by using the traditional technique. Jesters, elves, typical Commedia dell’Arte characters, such as Pantalone, Bauta masks, sun and moon-shaped gold-leaf masks… Fascinating creations featured in Italian and foreign collections, and used in the fashion, theatre and filmmaking industry, such as in the famous Eyes Wide Shut movie by Stanley Kubrick.
Monday through Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm
Ponte di Rialto, 80, San Polo, Venezia, VE, Italia - +39 041 5223857 - http://www.mascarer.com
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