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!
BestVeniceGuides invites you to discover some less known aspects of the island of St. George in Venice: the Glass Rooms and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Glass Tea House. The Glass Rooms display at the moment Paolo Venini pieces, real works of art blown in Murano. Admire the transparency of the Venetian atmosphere from a totally different point of view!