islands of Murano, in the lagoon of Venice, have been a sheltered
community of glass artists for at least 700 years, leading the world
in blown techniques and design of beautiful and functional objects.
This new study captures the artistry of Murano glass as well as
the roiling multi-generational world of discovery, innovation, alliances
and realliances that have fostered that artistry.
With 250 stunning
color photographs of Murano art glass and a detailed text that includes
historical information and family trees, this book is original in
its comprehensive presentation of the artists, both past and present.
The seasoned collector will find this an invaluable sourcebook for
untangling Murano relationships and tracking individual careers,
while the novice and curious visitor will find an easy, carefully
structured introduction to the bold beauty of Venetian glass.
I. GABLE is an American who divides his life
between Atlanta in the United States and Piombino Dese in the Veneto
region of Italy. His Italian home is Villa Cornaro, designed
by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio in 1551. He and
his wife Sally have been regular visitors to Murano for almost 20
of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Gable is author (with
Sally Gable) of Palladian Days (Knopf, 2005), and creator
of several popular websites on Italian culture and history (www.boglewood.com).