Masks are an important part of Venice’s spectacular Carnival, with the island’s mask-makers historically holding a respected position in society. These leather, ceramic and glass creations give the city an atmosphere of mystery and exoticism.

Carnival, Venice, Italy

Matching ceramic masks at Carnival, Venice, Italy

Venice Carnival, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Man wearing a gold mask at St Mark’s Square, Venice

Venice Carnival, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe

A pair of porcelain masks at Venice Carnival, Venice, Veneto, Italy

Sun mask Carnival in Venice Italy

An ornate gold mask at Venice Carnival, Venice, Veneto, Italy

Carnival in Venice, Italy, Europe

Matching masks, Venice

Person wearing mask, Carnival in Venice, Venice, Italy, Europe

Person wearing mask, Carnival in Venice, Italy

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