Dr. Marco Verità received a 2007 Rakow Research Grant along with Rosa Barovier Mentasti and Cristina Tonini, 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.”
Verità is a senior researcher at the Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro in Murano (Venice) and a consultant at Rome’s Istituto Centrale del Restauro on glass-related research programs. He received his degree in chemistry from the University of Padua, and he serves as a member of Technical Committee 17 (glass archeometry) of the International Commission on Glass. He teaches courses in glass technology at universities in Venice and Switzerland, and he is the author of more than 100 publications.