Carnival of Venice

Being one time in my life in another century. Could it be possible? Yes, in Venice. I came for Carnival and I stepped back in the past.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAIt is said that the Carnival of Venice started from a victory of the Serenissima Repubblica against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven, in the year 1094. In the honor of this victory, the people started to dance and make reunions in San Marco Square. Apparently, this festival started on that period and became official in the Renaissance. In the seventeenth century, the baroque carnival was a way to save the prestigious image of Venice in the world.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAIt was very famous during the eighteenth century. It encouraged pleasure, but it was also used to protect Venetians against the anguish for present time and future. However, under the rule of the King of Austria, the festival was outlawed entirely in 1797 and the use of masks became strictly forbidden. It reappeared gradually in the nineteenth century, but only for short periods and above all for private feasts, where it became an occasion for artistic creations.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERABanned by Mussolini’s fascist party during the 1930’s, carnival was subsequently revived by a number of local artisans around 1979. Since then the annual Carnival of Venice has grown to become an internationally renowned event, celebrated by tourists and Venetians alike.

Of the many different types of events celebrated each year during the carnival the Gran Ballo della Cavalchina at the Teatro La Fenice is considered as the most spectacular and exclusive of all the Venetian masked balls.The modern Venetian Carnival culminates on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (known as Mardi Gras).

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Ionela Mihai, Painter, Târgovişte

P1160043 (Large)Ionela is a student of Mihai Șerbanescu and is participating in the group exhibition in Sighisoara. After completing art school in Târgovişte she studies engineering in Bucharest. But: She dedicates her life to colors. “I like to express myself by colors”, says the 21-year old painter and talks about her dreams: “Later I would love to live in Portugal or Brasil. Yes, in Brasil! Because of the carnival and the colors, which are magic. For me!”
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