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  • Writer's pictureRobin Yong

Goccia di Mare (Stella Maris) 海の星の聖母

Updated: Jan 14

Stella Maris (Latin, 'Star of the Sea') may refer to:

  • Our Lady, Star of the Sea, an old title for the Virgin Mary

  • Polaris, a star commonly called the North Star or Pole Star, associated with the Virgin Mary

The title has been in use since at least the early medieval period. Purportedly arising from a scribal error in a supposed etymology of the name Mary, it came to be seen as allegorical of Mary's role as "guiding star" on the way to Christ. Under this name, the Virgin Mary is believed to intercede as a guide and protector of seafarers in particular. The Apostleship of the Sea and many coastal churches are named Stella Maris or Star of the Sea.

"Ave maris stella" (Latin for 'Hail, star of the sea') is a medieval Marian hymn, usually sung at Vespers. It was especially popular in the Middle Ages and has been used by many composers as the basis of other compositions. The hymn is frequently used as a prayer for safe-conduct for travelers.

The Venice Carnevale is one of the world's most beautiful festival. The festival is characterised by the masked costumers and their outrageous costumes. Local Italians however prefer painted faces and historical costumes.

This is veteran costumer Mary Cosmica at the Venice Carnevale 2023. Her costumes are always very different and very special. This one is made completely of paper!

The costume actually feels much like those Issey Miyake creations.

I was waiting for a friend at the San Zaccaria place and I was 20 minutes early. Mary happened to be there and called out to me to show me her wonderful new costume. We quickly took some pictures at San Zaccaria and then headed to our usual photo place at the entrance of a nearby tunnel. I am so lucky to have met Mary on this day. She's really one of the most talented and most respected models at the Venice Carnevale and she doesn't come out in costume everyday. Thank you Mary, once again, for the wonderful photo opportunities!

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