The Glass of Venice

The history of Venice in some ways reads like a science fiction book. For a time the most powerful maritime nation in the Mediterranean ruled the world as it was pretty much known at the time. Called a republic, it was in reality a tightly controlled oligarchy. For over a century an outrageously bizarre etiquette required the use of masks for the upper class when in public, making voice and eyes the only signs to read. It was during this time that Count Carlo Goldoni, living in the Palazzo Santani, wrote over 250 comedies, many in the manner of the Commedia dell’Arte. The Count used to order his writing material from a skilled glass artist in Murano, who excelled in creating unusual shapes and combining crystal-like transparency with rich colors. Worthy of the beautiful Pulcinella.

Murano, Italy

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~ by authenticmodels on September 8, 2011.

One Response to “The Glass of Venice”

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