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Glass Galanteries

Il Risorgimento vetrario di Murano nella collezione de Boos-Smith

Art exhibition
17 March  - 20 June 2010
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti,
Palazzo Loredan

Curated by 
Rosa Barovier Mentasti 
Promoted by
Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti
Regione del Veneto 
Sponsored by
City of Venice Australian Embassy in association with Venezia Iniziative Culturali 

The exhibition was dedicated to the precious 19th-century Murano glass pieces from this unpublished collection. It presented more than 250 pieces, selected and arranged according to the various glassmaking techniques: a project to recover the ‘applied’ antique style of the 19th century in Murano, when objects infiligree, millefiore, aventurine and chalcedony glass, inspired by Renaissance and Baroque glass art, were distinguished by their technical finesse, decorative virtuosity and audacious colours.
The pieces came mainly from the English market of the time, collected by Fiorella and Phillip de Boos-Smith, of Italian and Australian families and living between Sydney and Venice: an emblematic collection of that 19th-century, typically English, taste that favoured colour, imagination and technical expertise, taken at times to the limits of kitsch.The exhibition was a further example of the Istituto’s commitment to glass art.