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Winged Glass | Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking

A partly hollow combination merese/avolio construction is added to the tip of a bubble of glass that eventually becomes the bowl (or cup). A complex, multi-part stem and foot are then attached. The vessel is completed while it is held by a pontil. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking by William Gudenrath.

Between about 1500 and 1725, Venice was nearly the sole supplier of fine luxury glass to the royal and aristocratic, the wealthy and powerful, throughout Europe. The Venetian government went to extreme measures to protect its lucrative and prestigious monopoly by isolating the highly skilled workers on the nearby island of Murano and severely restricting their movements. However, with the promise of personal freedom and the hope of fortune, they gradually fled the lagoon to set up workshops in a variety of locations on the Continent and in England.

The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking presents detailed 360° photography and high-definition video related to objects from nine glassworking centers influenced by Venetian style as researched by master glassmaker and scholar William Gudenrath. The resource is a follow-up to Gudenrath's popular Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking (2016) also available free online.