Miasma – Venetian Plague Doctor Mask Art Print

Miasma - Venetian Plague Doctor Mask Art Print by Galen Valle
Miasma ©2017 Galen Valle. All rights reserved. Venetian plague doctor mask art print. Digital mixed media abstract conceptual portrait with Kate Ista wearing a plague doctor Venetian carnival mask.

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, some doctors (called plague doctors) wore a beak-like mask which was filled with aromatic items. The masks were designed to protect them from “night air” (or miasma) which was thought to be the cause of diseases like The Black Death (plague). They have since evolved into a popular style of mask worn during the Carnival of Venice. I wanted to try to use colors and composition that evoke the mood of “night air” in this.


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Plague Doctor Mask Wall Art by Galen Valle