Where were glasses invented? Who produced them originally? Where did production begin? Venice played a leading role in the matter, as can be found out below.
Here is the story of the bells of the campanile in St Mark’s square, how many they used to be, what they were for and how old they are… and a couple of curiosities!
Mariano Fortuny was an eclectic genius of the early 1900’s: he was a painter and a scenographer, he was interested in light effects, in theater, in costumes and fabric… he designed fabulous dresses and robes, printing the fabric with unique patterns through the use of original woodcuts, and invented a particular technique to create thin folds in silk cloth.
the Golden Altarpiece, Pala d’Oro, right behind the main altar of St. Mark’s Basilica, is one of the most impressing and spectacular ‘jewels’. Learn more about the amazing history, the religious themes and the enamel technique.
History of a Venetian palace and of the Armenian community that has been present in Venice for centuries.
A visit to the palace is a perfect start on an unusual itinerary in search of Armenian traces in Venice.
Mariano Fortuny was a multifaceted versatile talented person and had a vast eclectic culture. He was a fashion and costume designer, an inventor, a photographer with a skilled eye and created many lamps, fabrics and garments. He spent many decades of his life in Venice, in Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei, and purchased a former convent area with garden on the Giudecca island for his factory bringing it back to life