The island of Stained Glass. The ancient art of the master glassmakers of Murano
The small island of Murano is universally famous for its historic glassworks where they produce, work and sell wonderful artistic objects in colored glass. An island with bright colors just like its glass, its vases, its murrine, an island with its own colors, where the brightly colored boats mix with the colorful and bright buildings that are reflected in the lagoon.
It is in a unique place like this that master craftsmen give life to a timeless art that already in medieval times began to become appreciated and in demand, making all the great European courts fall in love.
the age-old techniques of glass processing
Tools and techniques are important, however, you could not imagine the master glassmaker of Murano without the characteristic "blow pipe" with which he blows inside the raw material still in a state of fusion allowing the latter to shape itself according to the required forms. The triumph of craftsmanship that becomes art, not only in the final products that are famous all over the world but also in the entire manufacturing process, to protect and transmit to future generations.
For those who want to know more deeply the glass art of Murano, there is a beautiful Glass Museum on the island that since opening in 1861 collects, preserves and exhibits much of the history of the island's craftsmanship. From the origins of the first workshops to the visions of contemporary artists who have encountered this ancient art.
You only have to get lost on this incredible island immersed in the lagoon and discover this inimitable artistic and craft tradition. Choose Murano, always wary of imitations!
Glass heaven. Why Murano?
The specific choice of Murano as a widespread workshop space was made by order of the ancient Republic of Venice, which forced the movement of the workshops to prevent large fires within the city, given the fact that the buildings of the time were for the most part made of wood. It is in this way that an artisan pole began to form, which thanks to the talent of those who worked there soon became known throughout continental Europe.
The strength and quality of Murano glass does not lie in raw materials, particular technologies or geographical/climatic location, or at least, are not the main conditions for the success of Murano. The real strength of the art of glass in the lagoon lies in the series of technical knowledge and ancient traditions that have come down to us and that the Serenissima Republic of Venice has defended throughout history even with strict laws for the craftsmen and the inhabitants of the island.
"Strongly protect" more than defending, since the ancient republic of Venice obliged the master glassmakers to the forced residence on the island, just to avoid that the secrets of glass and in particular of the working of mirrors were lost or "stolen". Imagine that for centuries a series of laws gave the Republic the exclusive right to this knowledge, very harsh laws that also provided for the death penalty in the most serious cases.
In exchange, glass craftsmen were granted some small privileges such as the right to marry even young daughters belonging to noble families.