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SPECIALITA’ VENEZIANE is a family-run italian artisan workshop consisting of father and daughter: Adriano and Alice Bertolini.

We specialize in the creation of Venetian masks made with leather and  papier mache .We also realize the decoration of elegant filigree masks with Swarovski crystals.

 

Our goal is to enhance and maintain over time the origins and the true techniques of craftsmanship of the ancient masters of the masks called “maschereri” using the same products and manual procedures.

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OUR MASKS ARE THUS MADE, “WITH HANDS, HEAD AND HEART”!

Adriano

Hi, I introduce myself I am Adriano Bertolini masks maker since 1980. My passion for craftsmanship has been handed down to me by my father, who as a pastime used to bind books finishing them with various kinds of leather and he taught me all the secrets on the many leather works.<br>At the age of twenty I was lucky enough to be hired as a shop assistant in a mask shop in Venice, it was at this time and especially during my first Carnival in the city that my life took a precise direction towards the “world of masks “. So much that I began to be self-taught to develop my first creations through the study of Goldonian literature.

Adriano

Hi, I am Adriano Bertolini mascherero from 1980.
The passion for craftsmanship was handed down to me by my father, who as a pastime bound books by finishing them with various types of leathers and over time taught me all the secrets on the many processes of leather.

At the age of twenty I was lucky enough to be hired as a clerk in a mask shop in Venice, it was at this moment, and especially during my first Carnival in the city, that my life took a specific direction towards the “world of the mask “so much so that I began as a self-taught to make my first creations through the study of Goldonian literature.

Alice

Hi, I’m Alice Bertolini, daughter of the aforementioned master of the masks and consequently grown up between the colors and the magic of the masks.
After my studies in 2010, I took over my father’s business and decided to open my own store in Rialto where many show stars were also able to admire and buy our masterpieces.

I still remember the first time I made a mask with my father, I immediately fell in love with this profession that lives on imagination; while you are creating your fantasy it explodes leading to give birth to works of art. All your senses light up in an instant, the smell of leather and papier-mâché takes you back to ancient times, the sight immediately focuses on what will be conceived and shaped by your hands while your hearing goes out as in a fate of above-ground concentration.

Hi, I’m Alice Bertolini, daughter of the aforementioned mascherero and consequently grew up among the colors and the magic of masks.
After my studies in 2010, I took over my father’s business and decided to open my own store in Rialto where many stars of the show were able to admire and purchase our masterpieces.

I still remember the first time I made a mask with my father, I instantly fell in love with this profession that thrives on imagination; while you are creating, your imagination explodes, leading you to give birth to works of art. All your senses light up in an instant, the smell of leather and papier-mâché bring you back to ancient times, your sight immediately focuses on what will be conceived and shaped by your hands while the hearing goes out as in a sort of supra-earthly concentration.

Alice

Venice Carnival Traditional Market

Since 2008, during the Venice Carnival we are also present with our stand at “The market of Venetian masks and costumes“, a garrison of Venice, art and culture located in Campo Santo Stefano.
Participation in the market requires very high standards that guarantee the sale of only masks made as tradition dictates, rigorously rejecting the fakes made in Italy made of plastic or other materials that do not stick to history or manual procedure.

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