Bitter Ash

James H. Johnson

in Venice Incognito

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267718
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948624 | DOI:
Bitter Ash

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This chapter discusses the fall of the Republic in the nineteenth century and the disappearance of masks from Venice society. When the nineteenth century dawned in Venice, the masks which had served as the inscrutable public face of Venice for more than a century vanished as abruptly as the Republic itself. With the invasion of Napoleon, Venice underwent transformations; noble titles were abolished, the National Guard was established, and didactic civic festivals were staged. Carnivals were banned and masks were outlawed. Exceptions were finally made to the banning of masks but only for the highly decent and closely monitored masquerade balls. Carnivals were eventually resumed but with a degree of control and policed. In addition to discussing the changes in Venice and its carnivals after the capitulation, the chapter also discusses Giandomenico Tiepolo’s alternative eulogy for the mask. It discusses his Amusements for Children which depict the race of Pulcinellas living among the ordinary Venetians.

Keywords: Republic; nineteenth century; disappearance of masks; Napoleon; banning of masks; Giandomenico Tiepolo; Amusements for Children; Pulcinellas

Chapter.  5105 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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