The most famous piece of glass displayed in the Glass Museum in Murano is the blue Barovier Cup decorated in the late 15th century. What do the enamel paintings and golden decorations of ladies riding horses and bathing in a fountain and the portrait of a couple mean?
After spectacles were first invented in Venice, how did shape, wearing and colour change over the centuries? How did knowledge about glasses develop, when did they stop being linked to scholars, becoming pretty Rococo objects worn by high-society people?
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.
Murano is known worldwide as “the island of glass”, but it’s also becoming a center for the creation of contemporary art.
We met up with Lorenzo Passi, a young artist working in Murano who has found glass to be the best medium to express himself in.
Let us take a special tour of the Accademia Galleries to discover the beautiful glass objects painted in some masterpieces of the Venetian Renaissance. You will find out that an artist like Veronese is copied by modern designers, and that some very ancient shapes are still produced nowadays in the furnaces of Murano!