Masks – Multiple Identities from Antiquity to Contemporary Art explores the meanings of mask-wearing as part of human history. Since prehistoric times, humans have felt the need to hide their identity temporarily, or even to change it completely.The cultural and historical meanings of masquerading have varied over time in different parts of the world. Mask-wearing nevertheless remains popular today, especially as part of identity play on digital platforms. The coronavirus pandemic in turn served as a reminder of an early function performed by masks: that of providing protection. This book edited by the Italian art historian Lorella Sacco examines the history of the mask motif spanning from classical antiquity through the 20th century avant-garde to contemporary art.

Writers: Tomi Moisio, Carolina Orsini, Lorella Scacco, Pauli Sivonen
Layout: Ville Karppanen
Printed by: Jelgavas tipogrãfija, Jelgava 2024
Languages: Finnish and English
80 pages
Publisher: Parvs Publishing Ltd
Serlachius Museums’ Publications 99
ISBN 978-952-7441-76-3