The nineteenth-century glass revival
Venezia, 17 March – 20 JuneIstituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed ArtiPalazzo Loredan, Campo Santo Stefano
curated by Rosa Barovier Mentasti
The vast and variegated De Boos Smith collection, never previously exhibited, offers a comprehensive and fascinating panorama of nineteenth-century Murano production, from filigree to millefiore, from avventurine to chalcedony, that will also appeal to a non-expert audience.The exhibition will be grouped according to different techniques to allow a better understanding of how ancient works were revived in Murano in the nineteenth century.
An original Renaissance or Baroque piece, the prototype of the technique under consideration, will thus be displayed for each group as an example of the models studied by the nineteenth-century glassmakers.
The Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti will also present documentation of the prizes it awarded at the time to stimulate the glass revival. Given the small, sometimes tiny size of many of the pieces in the De Boos Smith collection, corresponding to the nineteenth-century taste for small, precious objects, a selection of about 300 pieces is envisaged.
Opening times: daily 11am – 6pm, closed on Tuesday
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