Being a part of and wishing to establish a bond with the nature, human beings try to heal their souls and find their true selves. Carnivals come across the people in this quest together with the art. In carnival entertainment, people forget about the helplessness against the death and cling to life. Masks partially or completely covering the face disguises the people and turn them into a new identity with the new portrait they bring. Masks have turned from the magic rituals of the primitive beliefs into an element of theatre by time. As a costume accessory, masks can be designed with any material. Masks differ by their functions. Integrated with their viewers and purpose, masks actually represent an aesthetic value individually. This study focuses on the mask accessories which had an effect on ignoring the social differences, socialization, purification, healing and liberalization of people with art during the Venetian carnival, which takes an important place in the history. In the research findings, sociological and aesthetic value richness depending on the character diversity of the masks is indicated. This article is based on the general scanning model as a method. In addition, 7 masks applications inspired by the Venetian carnival have been made. These application studies are aimed to be a source of inspiration for designers.
Keywords: Venetian carnival, art, mask, costume, ritual, tale