DETOURISM: MURANO AND THE ART OF GLASS
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“Detourism: La newsletter di Venezia”, the official Town of Venice Tourism Office Newsletter, takes us to a special tour to the island of Murano! Enjoy your reading!

Murano Glass Museum.

The Glass Museum is one of the symbols of Venice. The palace that houses it was the ancient seat of the Bishops of Torcello and today preserves the age-old history of Murano glass.

The museum rooms are a triumph of beauty and elegance: the priceless works on display here, created over the centuries by master glassmakers from Murano, have made the island famous throughout the world.

Murano glass first began to be produced in around the year 1000, with at least twelve glassworks on the island by the fourteenth century. In the mid-fifteenth century, when the master glassmaker Angelo Barovier invented crystal glass, Murano glass became the most sought-after among noble families and doges, and was even procured by the pope. Indeed, for the first time in history, the glass appeared transparent, just like rock crystal. The museum’s finest piece dates back to this period: the Coppa Barovier, a glass goblet from the Renaissance painted with polychrome enamel.

Opulent and elaborate eighteenth- and nineteenth-century chandeliers hang from the museum’s ceilings. The best-known examples were made by Giuseppe Briati, the most famous glassmaker in eighteenth-century Venice. During this period, Venetian chandeliers were used to light the halls of palaces and theatres, as well as the city streets on solemn occasions, and were sometimes even presented as diplomatic gifts by the Venetian Republic!

It is well worth exploring the “Margherita Ripamonti” garden, a green oasis in the palace that houses the museum. It offers a magnificent view of the bell tower of the basilica of Santi Maria e Donato, as well as featuring some contemporary glass works, in addition to three beautiful wellheads.

The Glass Museum is a stop in the Murano. The island of light itinerary, one of the ten Venetian craftsmanship and creativity routes promoted by the City of Venice.

Discover the “Murano. The island of light” route

[source: La newsletter di Venezia, 30.06.2022]
[picture: TGS Eurogroup]


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