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Masquerade is an oil painting by Debra Keirce (Virginia). The art measures 5" x 3" and the frame is 6 1/8" x 4 1/8", frame included.
Life is a masquerade. You never know what may be lurking behind that mask - a smile? a grimace? Personally, I think life is a little more fun with the mystery in it. I don't want to know everything.
This painting is inspired by someone I saw in Venice. She was standing near the Bridge of Sighs along the Grand Canal. That's the bridge where prisoners were led to dungeons after sentencing. It was often the last time they saw the sky. Venetian history is full of interesting ways people have persevered. They are a strong people, having dealt with plague, attacks by barbarians, and so much more on their little strand of islands. Their Carnivale began in 1162 when they gathered to dance in San Marco square to celebrate victory over a patriarch. Ever since, they have been celebrating with more and more style.
The Venetians are the most fashion savvy people I have encountered on the planet to date. Mostly when I was in Venice, I wore tee shirts and sweat pants. At one point I was mistaken for a homeless person, but when I spoke and it came out American English, they understood my circumstance.
Category: Miniature Art