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Arts and crafts in Venice: Glass Manufacturing

Murano Glass

Murano Glass

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Glass manufacturing is a Venetian tradition that has been kept intact for years. In fact, archeological findings  suggest that glass was manufactured on the Torcello and Murano islands as early as the VII century. It is certain that around the XII° century, the glass industry became an organized manufacturing activity concentrated mostly in Murano. Murano became the centre of the glass industry and consequently the major cause of pollution in the city.

Byzantines played a very important role in developing artistic glass in Venice. They took inspiration from Constantinople, after the 4th Crusade in 1204. The tradition of the craft of glassware was strictly organised and protected by sanctions that determined who could and who could not make glass.

It seems that during the Serenissima (Republic of Venice), glassmakers could not leave the city because they had to keep their working style a secret. In exchange, they were rewarded by allowing their daughters to marry into Venice's noble families.


 

For many centuries Murano was the leader in glass manufacturing; artisans developed fine techniques such as multicoloured and crystalline glass. The products were mostly practical and useful such as wine and oil bottles, glasses and lamps. Further development in the art of glass lead to the production of a transparent crystal-like glass, used to make more precious objects. Today, Murano is regarded as one of the best places in Europe for glass manufacturing. The island is also the home of the Glass Museum.

Another typical Venetian craft is the manufacture of Carnival masks. The importance of Carnival was first recorded in 1268. The first masks were of a simple design and decoration. They can be made of leather or using the original papier-maché tehnique. Today, they are often made of plaster and gold-leaf and afterwards hand-painted with different materials used for decoration. The typical mask shapes are bauta, moretta and the larva or volto mask.

In addition, it is important to mention Burano lace, also considered to be one of the typical Venetian crafts. Spectacular needlework made Burano lace renowned all over Europe and in the 16th century the manufacture was at its peak, becoming Burano's biggest source of income. Today, you can easily find shops in Venice that sell tablecloths, collars, bed linen and handkerchiefs, as well as many other similar products.

 

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