There is something so exciting about a masquerade ball......


And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in a masquerade.


~ Alexander Pope


The idea of a Masquerade Ball or Masked Ball goes back to late medieval court life, originally designed to celebrate a marriage or mark a point in a royal dynasty, as well as other mysterious and wonderful occasions..


The invited would wear costume and masquerade mask brilliant bold an elaborate, and, as you can imagine, the anonymity this provided to a class that were governed by the strictest etiquette and constricting rules was irresistible..



I couldn't see her eyes behind the mask. Her statuesque pose echoed the city's stillness. Then the slightest of movements - a nod, a shift of the fingers, a footstep - gave away what lay underneath the mask and costume. It was in those fleeting moments that Venice came to be as it once was.


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