This is an old one, Benjamin, but it’s the most spectacular of them all. Truth be said, the artist behind it, Lauren K. Cannon, is a dark fantasy artist and that’s why, after my accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, had to quit. My passion for dark movies, books and images was legendary (within the family, that is) Not to mention my love for venetian masks!
Even met, purely by chance, one of the most famous mask creators in Italy. I have his book signed… LOL. Spent three weeks in Florence and had to walk right by his store every day. You can imagine my fascination whenever I walked by…
The story behind masks is dark and mundane:
“The idea of a Masquerade Ball or Masked party goes back to late medieval court life, originally designed to celebrate a marriage or mark a point in a royal dynasty.
The guests would wear both a costume and their masquerade mask, and, as you can imagine, the anonymity this provided to a class that were governed by the strictest etiquette and constricting rules of behavior was irresistible…”
Thus, Sodom and Gomorrah came to life during those days… and I cannot and will not emulate sinful behavior. Unless, I completely ignore “history” and just enjoy one or two for what they are now: just masks.