Venice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic by James H. Johnson

From behind a mask, we are equal, and our personal truths thrive in abundance. If I were take anything from this book, that’s the central idea explored here. Each mask represented certain characters and traits, and there were expectations of duty that came with some of them. It’s a fascinating culture, all in all, born out of the Commedia dell’Arte in direct answer to the social structures and stigmas of the time.

This book is a complete overview. If you know something about the masks, the society of the time, the Commedia dell’Arte, or maybe just something of Casanova, you can take what you know and readily apply it to what you’ll learn about the rest.

4 stars


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