The Carnival of Venice is an annual celebration in Italy — and one that’s world famous for its intricate Venetian masks. In the festival, these masks are part of elaborate costumes that evoke feelings of pomp, elegance and even a bit of magic. But did you know that these disguises are more than beautiful pieces of art? Here we’ll explore how each mask symbolizes a character from the Italian theater tradition of Commedia dell’Arte, and cover a bit of the history behind these classic tropes.
Each of the major Romance tongues requires its own period of dedicated study, but knowing one can certainly help you navigate the rest. Here’s a closer look at how much bonus knowledge you get by learning one of them.