Melancholia

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Object Name: 
Panel
Title: 
Melancholia
Accession Number: 
87.4.17
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 142.2 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1981-1982
Credit Line: 
Gift in part of John Hauberg, Anne and Ronald Abramson and the artist
Web Description: 
In 1961, Narcissus Quagliata (b. 1942) left his native Rome and traveled to San Francisco to study painting. Inspired by the atmosphere, colors, and light of California, he gradually abandoned his canvases in favor of glass. During the early 1970s, Bay Area artists were manipulating stained glass in innovative and experimental ways. Quagliata’s bold, figural style translated well into stained glass, as did his interest in the natural world. His work was widely recognized by the early 1980s, and he played an influential role in defining new directions for two-dimensional art using stained glass. In this panel, a man wearing sunglasses and 1970s-style clothing is sitting in an airplane. The image evokes memories of leaving loved ones or loved places - memories that are shared by the artist and the viewer. The representation of contemporary subjects, rather than decorative patterns or historical or ecclesiastical themes, is one of the features that distinguish studio flat glass from traditional stained glass.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Hauberg, John, Source
1987-03-27
Abramson, Anne, Source
1987-03-27
Quagliata, Narcissus ((Italian, b. 1942)), Source
1987-03-27
Abramson, Ronald, Source
1987-03-27
Category: 
Inscription: 
© Narcissus '81 OX K. Kogure
signature
Primary Description: 
Translucent whites, opals, blue-grey, tan, black, red non-lead glass, lead, copper foil, paint, painted metal frame; cut, leaded with painted detail. Rectangular shape; colored German blown antique and white industrial glasses have been cut and assembled with lead and copper foil in a realistic portrait; minimal painted details, painted metal frame; image consists of a young man wearing dark glasses reclining within interior of an airplane.
Thirty Years of New Glass, 1957-1987
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 1987-05-16 through 1987-10-25
Toledo Museum of Art 1988-01-10 through 1988-02-21
Modern and contemporary art glass (2006) illustrated, slide 60; BIB# 130418
Modern and contemporary art glass (2006) illustrated, slide 60; BIB# 130418
The Curator's Match: A Symposium at the GlassWeekend 2003 in Wheaton Village/USA, part I (2004) illustrated, p. 5 (detail); pp. 37- 38;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 30 (1988) illustrated, p. 115, #37; BIB# AI20606
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1987 (1988) illustrated, pp. 4-5;
GAS Conference 1982: Featured Artists (1983) illustrated, p. 95;