February 4, 2008

Venetian Carnival


I'm not a friend of carnival celebrations, not at all! And normally I try to ignore these days as good as I'm allowed to! But I was fascinated of the Venetian way to celebrate these days when we stayed there in 2005 during the carnival days. Everywhere you see those people, wearing masks and the most wonderful, colorful and imaginative fancy dresses. When you want to take a photo of them, they immediately pose for you; but there is no noise, no music, there are no words spoken...a silent feast of colours...

Ich bin kein Freund von Karneval und Fasching, überhaupt nicht. Und normalerweise versuche ich diese Zeit so gut wie irgend möglich zu ignorieren. Aber ich habe mich faszinieren lassen von der Art und Weise, wie Fasching in Venedig gefeiert wird, als wir 2005 zu dieser Zeit dort waren. Überall sieht man Menschen in diesen Masken; sie tragen die wunderbarsten, farbigsten, phantasievollsten Kostüme. Wenn man ein Photo von ihnen machen möchte, posieren sie sofort dafür. Aber alles ist lautlos, man hört keine Musik, kein Wort wird dabei gesprochen...ein schweigendes Fest der Farben...

4 comments:

Teri C said...

What a fabulous detailed and colorful painting Claudia!!

ellie said...

What a beautiful watercolour, lovely colours. I also find the masks etc a little frightening, I have never been to Venice, would love to go ! But you say the carnivals are silent too...which makes the atmosphere even more strange somehow ! I have just finished a ghost story by Susan Hill " The Man in the Picture" based around a Venetian carnival, and having read that I find the thought of a carnival in Venice even more earie ! Love the painting though !! Take care, Ellie

caseytoussaint said...

Gorgeous! I was thee once at Carnival time too, but the snowy weather sort of put a damper on things. This painting is truly festive.

mARTa said...

When I was 16 I told a little (ok, big) lie and found myself at Carnaval in Guymas, Mexico for a weekend with friends. I had the most memorable adventure! I don't know if I could ever re-live that experience but your lovely painting brought all the memories back to me and filled me with nostalgia for days of innocence and living life in the moment!