Masquerade, Venice (Unknown Man)
Acrylic on gessoed panel.
Image: 40 x 47 cms
Framed Image: 51 x 59 cms
Professionally framed in a satin effect frame
I was lucky to catch the last day of the Masquerade Festival in Venice one year. It was amazing to see all the costumes and find little tableaux being played out in every corner of Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Square), the canals and alleyways.
This participant was unusual in that he didn't wear the usual full-face mask which hid the wearer's eyes and facial features.
Instead of yards of modern toile, his costume was of exquisite silk with flowers, lace, satin and pearls.
Our paths briefly crossed on a bridge and he happily agreed to pose for a quick photo before disappearing forever back into the crowd.