Animals in Glass told fascinating stories of how people have viewed animals over time and around the world, from serious religious symbols to playful companions. The exhibit explored human attitudes toward other creatures through a display of sculpted glass animals as well as representations of animals in enamel, gemstones, and reliefs.
The exhibit featured glass that showed the ancient Egyptian belief that humans were reincarnated as animals, the considerable affection for the animal world displayed in Islamic art, the sentimental and Romantic approach to animals in 19th-century Europe, and the modern Western attitude that detaches people from nature and idealizes animal life.
All of the pieces in the Animals in Glass exhibition were drawn from the Museum’s own collection. The exhibition was curated by Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, the former curator of European glass at The Corning Museum of Glass.