Rosa Barovier Mentasti received a 2007 Rakow Research Grant along with Marco Verità 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.”
Mentasti is a freelance scholar and curator. The most recent of the many glass exhibitions she has curated (and catalogs she has written) was Vetri. Nel mondo: Oggi at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice (2004–2005). Her many other glass-related publications include a critical edition of Antonio Neri’s Arte Vetraria, issued in 1980, and Murano, l’isola dei vetrai and Trasparenze e riflessi: Il vetro italiano nella pittura, both of which were published in 2006.