(Redirected from Bauta, mask) The Carnival of Venice (Italian: Carnevale di Venezia) is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday (Martedì Grasso or Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is world famous for its elaborate masks.
Pantalone [pantaˈloːne], spelled Pantaloon in English, is one of the most important principal characters found in commedia dell'arte. With his exceptional greed and status at the top of the social order, Pantalone is "money" in the commedia world.
Originally, the masks were called “larve” and were made of oilcloth. Their appearance was that of a stylized face, entirely white. Today, this type of mask is used during the Carnival of Venice and also is known by the name of “volto” (“volto intero mask” means a whole face mask).
Zanni’s costume as a clue of the origins of this mask . Well, Zanni’s supposed to be the the village fool, but you won’t deny there’s something creepy about his long-nosed mask. That’s easily explained: carnival is the moment when demons and buffoons meet, and Zanni’s white costume is the symbol of dead people’s souls.