Lord's Prayer Murrina

Object Name: 
Lord's Prayer Murrina

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Object Name: 
Lord's Prayer Murrina
Accession Number: 
94.4.111 A
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 1.7 cm, W: 2.2 cm, D: 0.5 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1972
Credit Line: 
Gift of the artist
Web Description: 
In 1972, Marquis completed his master’s thesis at Berkeley with a masterpiece of murrine making: a complex word cane of the Lord’s Prayer. Marquis was familiar with the long tradition of the Lord’s Prayer in American popular culture, and as a fan of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, he knew that the prayer had been inscribed on the head of a pin. Because the pattern of the hot murrine cane can be infinitely stretched out, the words can be relatively large (that is, readable) or reduced to the size of a Ripley’s pinhead. The Museum owns several examples of Marquis’s justly famous murrine in different sizes, including a tiny piece of cane, enclosed in a cardboard holder, in which the microscopic words of the prayer fit into a space even smaller than that of a pinhead.
Provenance: 
Marquis, Richard (American, b. 1945), Former Collection
1994
Material: 
Primary Description: 
Opaque white, red, "black" glass; fused murrine cane, cut.
Venice and American Studio Glass
Venue(s)
Stanze del Vetro 2020-03-29 through 2020-07-26
The exhibition Venice and American Studio Glass gathers together outstanding examples of contemporary art, craft, and design in glass by American artists. Organized by the Stanze del Vetro in Venice, Italy, this exhibition is the first to closely examine the impact of traditional Venetian glassworking techniques and the Venetian aesthetic on American studio glass made from the 1960s to the present. Venice and American Studio Glass explores the impact of Venetian traditions on contemporary American art in glass, the impact of American artists on Venice, and how American and Venetian artists renewed the creativity and vibrancy of a historic glass language. The exhibition is curated for the Stanze del Vetro by Tina Oldknow and William Warmus, both former curators of contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue with a critical essay by William Warmus, a historical essay by Tina Oldknow, and other important perspectives by Venetian glass historian Rosa Barovier Mentasti, American glass historian Howard Lockwood, and American artist and independent curator Kim Harty. Two exhibition artists who have been highly influential in the development of American studio glass are James Carpenter, who is designing the catalogue, and Dan Dailey, who is designing the exhibition at the Stanze del Vetro in Venice.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 2013-02-16 through 2014-02-02
This exhibition is part of the Corning Museum’s ongoing Masters of Studio Glass series developed to provide a platform for in-depth surveys of artists represented in the Museum’s permanent collection.
 
Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Marquis (2012) illustrated, p. 6 (top, third from right); BIB# AI93447
The Techniques of Mosaic Glass, Millefiori and . . . Filligree (2001) illustrated, p. 23, #4;
The Techniques of Mosaic Glass, Millefiori and ... Filligree (2001) illustrated, p. 23 (no. 4); BIB# AI53883
Richard Marquis: Objects (1997) illustrated, p. 52, #18; BIB# 59475
Cane and Murrine Decoration in 20th Century Glass (1995) illustrated, cover; BIB# AI35091