Venezia header: Piazza San Marco - Riva degli Schiavoni


(The Insensitive Man)

This is not really a mask, but was going on during Carnival time, in Venice.

The guy goes around the St. Mark's Square, with no mask, not saying a word, refusing offers of money and tobacco, pretending he is a fool, he can't feel anything (insensato = no senses).

Flour on his face to make it scarier, walking slowly, he doesn't respond to any insult, totally abstracted from any stimulus that comes from the crowd.

A fool, but he's faking it, of course.

The guy's name - the first one to come out with this gig, was Baldasare Pastori, and none other has been so good in imitating his "insensitive disguise".

Watercolor by Giovanni Grevembroch: "Toleranza rara" 18th century
Pietro Longhi: detail from "Il Cavalier Gentile" engraving
What the guy is holding looks like the same in the fool's hand. "Canzonetas Novas" the title here.
Watercolor by Giovanni Grevembroch: "Toleranza rara" 18th century
Giovanni Grevembroch: "Uomo Insensato" (Insensitive Man)
pen, ink & watercolor (18th century)

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