Friday, 4 May 2012
The Colombina style (known as Columbine and Columbino) is a half mask often highly decorated with rich gold, silver, crystals and feathers. It is held up to the face by a baton or tied with ribbon as with most other Venetian masks. The colombine was popularised by an early actress in the Commedia dell'art of the same name. It is said it was designed for her because she did not wish to have her beautiful face covered completely. Now both men and women wear this very popular style of vmasquerade mask.