Brief History of Murano Glass

Year 1291.The risk of fires (or more likely the will to keep an industrial secret) prompted the government of the Serenissima to transfer the furnaces in Venice to the island of Murano.

Faced with the granting of a series of uncommon privileges for people not belonging to the nobility (wearing a sword, marrying members of the noble class etc.) the master glassmakers were "forced" to live on the island in a sort of golden exile. The few who tried to leave Murano were considered as real traitors who had to be reached and put in the condition of not harming (for the record the "traitors" were usually killed or made Czech) ...

Thanks to the skill of these craftsmen the notoriety of the works of art grew steadily enough to become real objects of worship among the most wealthy classes internationally. From objects of daily use (glasses, ampoules, jugs etc.) characterized by a refined beauty, especially in the so-called Baroque period, we move on to more and more elaborate objects intended for decorative purposes (chandeliers, table centerpieces, enamel decorated milks etc.) .

With the fall of the Serenissima Republic in 1797 there was a temporary decline of this noble art, a decline that lasted until the mid-nineteenth when several glassworks (whose names will enter the history of world design) began a series of profitable collaborations with international designers .

As claimed by PROMOVETRO MURANO CONSORTIUM (institution whose task is to conserve, preserve and defend the millennial art of Murano glass, and at the same time promote, enhance and take care of the correct marketing of this important cultural heritage in the world)"Today the Murano glass art is probably the most up-to-date Italian artisan tradition, more tied to the world of art and design and at the same time more respectful of the typical craftsmanship of the craft".


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