|About Our Company
Florentine Masks, brings these special Italian masks, and mask making, to a growing number of people throughout the world who love masks and mask making.
Wendy Steen-Olsen taught mask making in Malibu, California, and Florence, Italy to UCLA drama students.
In Italy Steen-Olsen discovered the famous workshop of Alice le Maschere/Firenze of Papier Maché in Florence, and the work of artist BIJAN.
The Italian Workshop
Anyone who has ever stumbled onto the little shop in Piazza Pitti, across from the famous Pitti Palace Art Museum will never forget the awesome sight of hundreds of shining gold, silver, and painted masks hanging all over the walls and suspended from the ceilings.
Everyone takes home at least one mask as a special gift and one for themselves.
Florentine masks are particularly interesting to art lovers for their unusual decoration. Fine reproduction drawings, etchings, and painting of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and other artists, combined with the use of 14k gold leaf and signed by the artist make them very collectible.
The masks are moulded in the traditional way with layers of papier maché (cartapesta), resulting in a light weight but very strong mask. Each piece is hand decorated, lined, and has a hanger. Masks have ribbons attached for wearing.
Hundreds of masks and wall decorations, offered in a choice of different finishes. Masks for children, masks for young and old, male and female.
Sculptured male torsos, front and rear sections, by Michelangelo, in gold, bronze, gold & silver, drawn in black and white after Leonardo da Vinci, or just plain antique white resembling marble all available in 4 sizes.
Various female torsos in all finishes, the largest a full life-size voluptuous figure over 30 inches high, and "The Birth", a 'slightly pregnant" lady full size, cast from life. Other delightful small female torsos are Monica and Paola, 12" & 10" high in all finishes, and stick mask Donna Figura.