Murano Glass

Artistic glass-making, crystal dreams: Murano products offer a beauty that is ethereal. Glass-making is a tradition that has deep roots, being reported for the first time in the ancient town of Amuranium in Venice lagoon in 982 AD, more than a thousand years ago.

The prestige of Murano’s glass-makers grew from around 1450: from that time the Republic of Venice was directly interested in getting these master craftsmen to increase output and sales, but also to preserve the tradition. Prestigious awards were conferred on the families of craftsmen, and the island was granted greater independence from the central authorities. Since then the sparkling chandeliers made from Murano glass have adorned the finest salons of the Doges of Venice.

Today Murano glass is famous all over the world for its refined perfection, in both its simple and complex forms. Master glassmakers work incessantly and passionately in their workshops, some of which are open to the public, using a wide variety of techniques, such as sculpting, engraving and enamelling. Glass is shaped to obtain objects that form part of the old tradition, such as the colourful and flowery murrine, a symbol of the art of Murano glassmaking, and the more recent concept of blown glass. A visit to the Glass Museum is a must, with a display of modern and ancient objects, a unique spectacle of forms and colours.

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • During the period of greatest success and prosperity for master glassmakers, the phenomenon of industrial espionage was rife, with competing firms sending “secret agents” to spy on rival workshops.

Tips

  • Strolling around the island of Murano you will inevitably come across the Glass comet , an astonishing blue glass sculpture that is a one-of-a-kind.
  • There are two sure ways to identify original Murano glass: first of all, always ask for the certificate of authenticity. Another proof of the work’s originality is the signature of the glassmaker: it is not always possible to find it, but if it is engraved somewhere on the object, you will know it is an original.
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