Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of Venice, Italy. The masks are typically worn during the Carnival, but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer's identity and social status. The mask would permit the wearer to act more freely in cases where he or she wanted to interact with other members of the society outside the bounds of identity and everyday convention. It was useful for a variety of purposes, some of them illicit or criminal, others just personal, such as romantic encounters.
Venetian masks are characterised by their ornate design, featuring bright colours such as gold or silver and the use of complex decorations in the baroque style. Many designs of Venetian masks stem from Commedia dell'arte. They can be full-face masks ( the bauta) or eye masks ( the Columbina).
In honor of Carnival, which started already in Venice , we are publishing this article. Tailor made 3D-printed masks are being considered as an effective way to enjoy Carnival. By 3D scanning the user's face from a range of angles and heights, a 3D printer can produce the perfect mask which match their features exactly. Having the mask tailor made to suit the user also enhances the comfort measurably.
Hoping to get in on the phenomenon that is 3D printed costumes, many masks design could be download for free on the web.
Step right up and Happy Carnival Party!