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Masque et dissimulation dans La Sérénissime aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles

Abstract : Related with the author’s passion for Venice and its festive customs, this research turns on the question of the concealment by the mask in La Serenissima during the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries. It was at the XIIIth century that the first mask were attested. Throughout the centuries, the wearing of these ones came into general use, became institutionalized and controlled. The XVIIIth century appears as the golden age of the mask put on especially during the carnival in considerably enlarged time ; because it took place six months in the year. True outfit and prop of everyday, the mask does not loose for all that its symbolism. The author develops an anthropological and psychological reading of the mask thanks to a Giandomenico Tiepolos’s famous genre painting220 colored by carnivalesque and burlesque notes. Whether worn by a Venetian or an actor of the Commedia dell’Arte, the mask has this vocation of concealing the face of its carrier and thereby his essence. However, is it not to reveal oneself better and to allow one’s deepest « self » to express itself ? Instrument of impunity, the mask favours the social equality, the dissoluteness, the spying but also, a certain security of being unrecognizable especially for the vilest misdeeds. Regarding the mask of the Commedia dell’Arte, the function is above all to produce the laughter. It dispossesses also the actor to enrich him better. By disregarding the signs of his interiority, so he adheres to the reality of his character and fully invests his existence by adopting its name, its story, its voice intonation, its gestures, its gait, its costume. The mask and the excessive celebration are the way that Venetian people found to keep shining in the eyes of foreign powers and to escape from the sad reality of the wane of the Republic of Venice and of the unsure future.
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Cécile Richard. Masque et dissimulation dans La Sérénissime aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles. Art et histoire de l'art. 2020. ⟨dumas-03203313⟩



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