Maurizio Maso

The Mask, March 2020
Oil on Canvas
18 x 18 x 0.50 in
During the current pandemic, masks have become a common accessory. This mask, the Bauta, is a classic Venetian mask used during Carnival. It allows users to express themselves about any subject without being recognized. Other masks, such as the Plague Doctor mask which has a long nose, were used by doctors to maintain distance from patients and to hold herbs within the mask in order to disguise odors during the bubonic plague.