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El minuet, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo


Vice, in its true light, is so deformed,
that it shocks us at first sight;
and would hardly ever seduce us,
if it did not at first wear the mask
of some virtue.


– Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773),
British statesman, in a letter to his son.


Pantheon Masquerade, 1809


l Ballo del Doge Harlequin


Le bal masqué, Albert Lynch


Masquerade, Jules Chéret


Demaskierung, Heinrich Zille


The Lie of the Last Minstrel, 1917


The Supper After the Masked Ball, Thomas Couture c. 1855

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