Rosa Barovier Mentasti, Glass historian
Descending from one of Venice’s ancient glass making families, Rosa Barovier Mentasti was awarded a degree in Ancient Literature by the University of Padua in 1973 with a thesis on antique glass. Since then, she has been dedicated to studying the history of both ancient and modern Venetian glass. In addition to many articles and publications, including Il Vetro Veneziano dal Medioevo ad oggi published in 1982, she has curated several international exhibitions of ancient and contemporary glass, including Vetri. Nel Mondo. Oggi, hosted by the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice in 2004.
Gabriella Belli, Director Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
In 1978, after a competition, she joined the Soprintendenza per i Beni storico-artistici in Trento and was then appointed curator of the Museo del Castello del Buonconsiglio.
In 1989 she was appointed director of MART (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto), and curated its scientific project up until 2011, opening the new premises designed by Mario Botta in 2002.
In December 2011 she was appointed director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, an institution that brings together eleven of the most important museums in Venice, including the Doge’s Palace, Ca’ Rezzonico, the Correr Museum, Ca’ Pesaro, the Fortuny Museum at Palazzo Mocenigo and the Glass Museum.
She has worked in various roles, including commissioner of the Venice Biennale in 1995, lecturer at Trento University and at the Accademia Mendrisio, member of the Commissione superiore dei Beni culturali and member of the Scientific Committee at the Fondazione Palazzo Te.
From 2002 to 2012 she was president of the Associazione Nazionale dei Musei d’Arte Contemporanea Italiani (AMACI). In 2011 she received the Dame of Arts and Literature honour from the French Minister of Culture and the ICOM Prize - Italy as best museologist of the year.
Sandro Franchini, Chancellor Emeritus Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
Sandro Franchini completed his studies in Venice and at Padua university and after a period of postgraduate study in France, began working with the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, of which he was nominated chancellor in 1985. He has written various historical essays, and published articles and reviews in the French and Italian daily press and periodicals. He was a lecturer at theInstitut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Nice from 1983 to 1986 and professor atthe university of Saint Etienne in 1988-1989. He is on the board of directors of institutions andcultural associations, and a member of the Ateneo Veneto and the Società Internazionale di Studi Francescani.
William Gudenrath, Corning Museum of Glass
As resident advisor for the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, he teaches introductory and advanced courses in Venetian techniques. A glassblower, scholar, lecturer and teacher of glassblowing, he is an authority on historical hot glassworking techniques from ancient Egypt through the Renaissance and has presented lectures and demonstrations throughout the world. He demonstrates techniques he believes to have been employed by glassmakers of the past and these are described in a number of books and video segments including: Chronicle: the Portland Vase, Five Thousand Year of Glass, Journey through Glass: A Tour of the Corning Museum Collection and MasterClass Series II: Introduction to Venetian Techniques, Glass Masters at Work: William Gudenrath, Glassworking Processes and Properties.
Lorenzo Lazzarini, LAMA-Università IUAV di Venezia
Lorenzo Lazzarini is a geologist and full professor of Mining Geo-Resources and Applied Petrography of the Department of Architecture, Construction and Conservation of University IUAV of Venice. He has founded in 1993 the LAMA (Laboratory for the Analysis of Ancient Materials) of which he still is the director. For six years previous to this, he was teaching at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome , and before that he worked as a scientific officer of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Properties. He is a member of various archaeometric, archaeological and conservation association (AIAr, AISCOM, ASMOSIA, IIC) and collaborates with national and international institutions dealing with these disciplines. He has authored, or edited, 7 volumes on ancient marbles and their restoration as well as 350 printed papers .Since 2005 he directs "Marmora", an annual international journal on the archaeometry and archaeology of marbles for the Accademia Editoriale of Pisa.
Corinna Mattiello, Expert in the techniques of restoration of antique glass
Following a degree in architecture at the University of Venice, she was awarded a diploma by Istituto Centrale del Restauro in the area of ancient metal works and ornaments. She then attended a higher education course in stone works. She has been working as freelance consultant since 1975, initially mainly for the Superintendence and Museums of Latium in the area of archaeological restoration and then, after her move to Venice, as consultant for Foundations, Museums and Superintendents of the Veneto Region, mainly in the area of glass restoration (Museo Vetrario in Murano, Museum of Altino), sacred gold treasures (Tesoro di San Marco, Tesoro della Scuola Grande di San Rocco) and the restoration of large bronze works (the horses of the Basilica, Cappella Zen).
Sandro Pezzoli, Collector
Sandro Pezzoli attended Milan state university, where he graduated in Political Science. After completing his studies he settled in Milan, where he continues to work and live.In Milan he had the opportunity to come into contact with artists, gallery owners and the world of art in general. He then developed a passion for glass art and began collecting it. In 1979 he met Lino Tagliapietra, a leading Murano glass master, who put him in touch with American and Australian artists like Dale Chihuly of Seattle and Kathy Elliot and Benjamin Edols of Sydney.
Credited with introducing great foreign artists to Italy for the first time, he devoted himself to researching and collecting modern and contemporary glass art, assembling an increasingly large and qualified collection, partly exhibited in 2010 at the Bagatti Valsecchi museum in Milan. He managed the Scaletta di Vetro gallery in Milan from April 1997 to May 2013, where he exhibited and made known glass artists mainly from Italy, America and Australia. Focusing particularly on the discovery and promotion of young artists in the glass field, he is constantly involved in the organisation of exhibition and study events.
He has been vice president of the Italian National Committee of the AIHV-Association Internationale pour l'Histoire du Verre - since 2012, where he works to increase research and studies on contemporary glass. He conceived the Aldo Bellini prize, within the committee, to spread knowledge of the techniques of working glass among young people, to encourage them to work with this fascinating material and make it an instrument of personal artistic expression.
Chiara Squarcina, Coordinator Museo del Vetro di Murano
She worked for the Musei Civici di Venezia from 19 May 1997, since 1 September 2008 the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. She is director of Area2 at the foundation and has responsibility for three museums: the Palazzo Mocenigo Centro Studi di Storia del Tessuto e del Costume, the Museo del Merletto di Burano and the Museo del Vetro di Murano. She graduated from Venice University and has been enrolled in the Albo dei Giornalisti Pubblicisti since 1991 and the Albo dei Bibliotecari AIB. She previously worked at the Archivio Storico della Biennale di Venezia and for two consecutive years taught Museum Teaching at the Accademia di Belli Arti di Venezia. In recent years she has personally curated exhibitions at the Museo del Vetro and given talks in Italy and abroad on the subject of glass (Bologna, Venice, Toronto, Beijing and Tokyo). The Museo del Vetro has recently become an active part of the EU ‘Ege’ project to highlight glass. She has published various works on the subject of glass and textiles.
Lino Tagliapietra, Artist and glass master
Exceptional glass master and well known world-round as glass artist. He was born in Murano and was just a young man when he first entered a glass makers shop: he became a glass maestro in the 1950’s and has worked for some of the most prestigious glass makers in the island. Since the late sixties his creativity resulted in models of great quality, both from the point of view of technique and beauty, that were a clear success on the market. He has been an independent glass artist since 1990 and is now committed to creating unique pieces that are exhibited in the most prestigious private collections and museums worldwide. In 2009, the Tacoma Art Museum dedicated a retrospective to his works with an exhibition that was then lent to other US museums. In 2011, the Istituto Veneto dedicated to him the exhibition Lino Tagliapietra, da Murano allo Studio Glass.
Cristina Tonini, Glass historian
With a degree in History of Art awarded by the State University of Milan under the guidance of Prof. De Vecchi, from 1989 to 2004 she acted as Conservator for the classification and the new layout of the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum in Milano. Together with Rosa Barovier she published the catalogue of the museum’s Venetian glass. She also curated the catalogues of the Medieval and Modern glass collections of the Civic Museums of Pavia, of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milano and the Pogliaghi Museum in Varese, the latter is about to be published. Other articles on Venetian and Medicaean glass have been published by Decart and the Journal Glass Studies of Corning Museum of Glass. She is part of the Board of Directors of the Italian section of the Association Internationale Histoire du Verre. She is professor of art in the Orsoline Artistic Liceo in Milano.
Marco Verità, LAMA-Università IUAV di Venezia
Holding a degree in Chemistry, he worked for over thirty years in the Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro in Venice-Murano, performing research and assessments on glass materials, both modern and ancient, the latter for archeometric purposes and also to assess issues relating to conservation and restoration. Member of numerous international organisations, since 2009 he has been working with the Laboratory for the Assessment of Ancient Materials (LAMA) of the IUAV University of Venice.