Dr. Cristina Tonini received a 2007 Rakow Research Grant along with Rosa Barovier Mentasti and Marco Verità, to study Venetian enameled glass of the late 15th and 16th centuries. The three Italian researchers intended to make an iconographic and typological analysis of a wide variety of enameled glasses in European museum collections and that of The Corning Museum of Glass, with chemical analyses of selected objects. Their work included a study of sources in Italian archives and the Corning Museum’s Rakow Research Library.
“The project will accomplish a detailed study of the artistic and technological aspects of Renaissance Venetian enameled glass,” the scholars’ grant application stated. “It will also provide a chronology of this significant art; examine the connection between the glass objects and their social, cultural, and artistic environment; and make some comparisons between Renaissance Venetian enameled glass production and production in the 19th century.”
Tonini is director of educational programs at the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi and an art history teacher at the Liceo Artistico Orsoline, both in Milan. Her publications include reports on the glass collections in Lombardy and Cremona (with M. G. Diani) and the Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan, as well as articles in the Journal of Glass Studies.