The Art of the Mask And Make-Up in the Traditions of the East and West: Artistic Features, Stylistics, Interrelationship


  • Rostyslav Shmagalo Professor, Department of History and Theory of Arts, Lviv National Academy of Arts, Lviv, Ukraine
  • Hu Xian Postgraduate Student, Department of History and Theory of Arts, Lviv National Academy of Arts, Lviv, Ukraine



Mask Art, Mask Stylistics, National Tradition, Theatre Culture, Artistic Features


The article provides a general characteristic of artistic features of the mask and theatrical make-up in the cultural traditions of Europe, China and Japan. Through comparative analysis, common and distinct facets of classification, semantics, and modelling were identified. The transcultural essence of mask art, anchored in ancient rituals and its role in both historical and modern scenography, represents a profound phenomenon. The triadic territorial research methodology proves efficacious for curating contemporary theatrical collections and designing gift products The research aims to present the evolution of the art of the theatrical mask in European, Chinese and Japanese culture in the context of artistic peculiarities, stylistics and the observed interrelationship. One of the key perspectives for future research is to expand the analysis of other cultural traditions and examine their interaction and influence on mask art. However, it should be noted that the emphasis of this study is on the artistic attributes of masks, while not taking into account such components as the sociological or psychological contexts of the attitude to masks in different cultures.


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How to Cite

Shmagalo, R., & Xian, H. (2023). The Art of the Mask And Make-Up in the Traditions of the East and West: Artistic Features, Stylistics, Interrelationship. Herança, 7(1), 100–112.



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