Captain Volpone - Leather mask of the...
Captain Volpone - Leather mask of the...
Captain Volpone - Leather mask of the...
La Pietra Filosofale

Captain Volpone - Leather mask of the commedia dell'arte

A mask made of vegetable-tanned leather (cowhide). The leather is soaked in water and adapted to the shape on the back of which it is nailed, then beaten with horn hammers and stretched with wooden sticks until it dries, only then will it form the exact shape of the mask. The eyes and nose holes are then cut out. The parts of leather exceeding the edges are thinned and a metal wire is inserted on the edge around the mask, securing it with the cut leather. Once finished, the mask is polished with wax.

The masks for the actors of the commedia dell'arte were traditionally, and still are, made of leather. This material, which has found no better substitute over the centuries, has characteristics such as durability and a relative flexibility that makes the masks increasingly adaptable to the face, especially with use and sweat.

The more the surfaces are well defined and the more the edges are well marked, the more the stage lights will enhance the shapes of the mask.

For daylight shows, it is advisable to refine the masks with colour. However, it should be noted that the colours for leather are absorbent and non-covering and that leather tends to darken over time, making the colours uniform towards darker shades.

17,5 x 16,5 x 25 cm


Making craftsmanship implies creating objects that are different from each other, unique and unrepeatable. As a result, all the proposals of Venice Original could vary slightly in color and shape, depending on the availability of raw materials, inspiration and creativity of the moment.
If you do not find online what you want or would like something slightly different, contact us specifying your needs, your desires and tastes. Venice Original will offer you the most suitable craftsman to achieve what you care about, enhancing the beauty and competence of the best Venetian historical-artistic workmanship.

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