In Venice, with its salty air and the tranquility of the waves, you can admire the most beautiful landscape in the world. The island is isolated from the rest of Italy, as it is surrounded by the sea. However, this did not impede communication with other Italian cities or countries, especially before the Industrial Revolution. The only way to trade and arrive on the mainland was through the sea. Ships and boats had always represented the most important mean of transport for Venetian citizens. To such extent that, since the year 1000, Venice had dominated the sea trade: its ships were able to arrive in Russia or on the French coasts. Therefore, the city was never under the control of other countries.
From the very beginning, it has always put its economic and cultural interests before anything else. This is an important standpoint for the development of a revolutionary government in that period, which was really close to the democratic concept we know nowadays.
The glory of the Serenissima Republic was reflected in the buildings and streets of the city: the Doge’s Palace and the Church of San Marco are just an example. In Venice, everything glows with strength and elegance.
The Doge’s Palace is a symbol of Venice’s philosophy. When it was initially built in the 9th century AD, it was designed more like a castle to protect and control the city. Only after several fires and rebuilding, it become the magnificent gothic palace we can see now.
The elegance and lightness of its architecture were also reflected in the small pieces of art artisans created with glass. The secular tradition of glass production has represented a flourishing sector for the city. With fire, furnaces, a touch of creativity, and the knowledge of manipulating glass, Masters have been able to create every object. From a simple and small centerpiece to a complex and colorful vase, Venetian Masters can satisfy any request.
Even decorative sets to embellish your table have been created!
A peculiar category of products is decorative goblets: the classical vessel is an iconic symbol of Venetian manufacture. Entirely produced in Murano, goblets were admired in all the countries of the Holy Roman Empire and Europe. To the point that their production spread faster and faster in the mid-16th century and that they were shown in every painting in that period.
During the Renaissance, artists such as Tintoretto and Bernardo Luino depicted undecorated goblets, while they were actually made in the most astonishing shades of colors.
As a matter of fact, artisans have applied enamel to glass goblets since about 1280. After giving form to the glass in the furnace at 1400°C, Murano Glass Masters painted with their hands all the decorations. Then the final vessel was reheated to put the enamel together with the glass.
On the website of YourMurano, you can find all sorts of decorative goblets. You can look at the most sophisticated vessels, as well as simpler but impactful pieces to embellish your table.