Biography: Rosa Barovier Mentasti
Rosa Barovier Mentasti belongs to a Muranese family of glassblowers and designers, going back to medieval age. She studied archaeology and history of ancient arts at the Università degli Studi in Padua, with a thesis about archaeological glass and the Murano revival in the 19th century. She was a pupil of Maria Carina Calvi in Roman glass, and of Luigi Zecchin in Venetian glass. She studied Venetian glass history. Mentasti has written several essays and books, including Il Vetro Veneziano dal Medioevo ad oggi (1982), Vetro veneziano 1890 – 1990 ( 1992), and Trasparenze e Riflessi, Il vetro italiano nella pittura (2006).
Since 1977, Mentatsti has curator several exhibitions about old and contemporary glass, including Vetri, Nel mondo, Oggi a Venezia (Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti) in 2004, Fragile, Murano, chefs-d’œuvre de verre de la Renaissance au XXIe siècle in Paris (Musée Maillol) in 2013, Vetri dal Museo Salviati, Magiche trasparenze della donazione Tedeschi, in Padua (Museo degli Eremitani ) in 2013.
She was a teacher in the Academia di Belle Arti di Venezia e and in the Scuola del Vetro Abate Zanetti di Murano. Today she is working on glass-related projects with the Istituto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti di Venezia.