Carnival at the Museum | Roman Masks

Visit and workshops for families

Inspired by ancient Rome, its winemaking techniques in clay pots, traditions and plays, we will create a carnival mask inspired by Roman theatre through clay!

After learning about the process of “Vinho de Talha” – the technique of making wine in clay pots left by the Romans over 2000 years ago – and how this nectar of the gods is still made in the Alentejo, we’ll travel back to ancient Rome.

We challenge families to create their own clay mask, inspired by the Roman masks used in theatre plays in the 1st century BC.

Around the 1st century BC, theatre in Ancient Rome was a diverse artistic form, ranging from street theatre and acrobatics at festivals to the staging of comedies by Roman playwrights, religious performances of a serious or satirical nature.

In Latin, Persona is the word for mask. Unlike today, where the mask has the role of concealing identity, at the time the mask was simply the object through which the actor personified his character.

When it came to painting and portraiture, the Romans were more realistic than the Greeks. They created detailed reproductions of faces. These masks represented generic types: young people, adult men, women, gods or kings.

Date: 10 and 11 February 2024

Times: Sessions at 10.30am and 2.30pm

Venue: EM Rézio – Borba Interactive House Museum

Price: 15€ | Ticket valid for 1 adult + 1 child


Prior registration required.

E-mail: Telephone: +351 925 076 864

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