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The Fourth Chapter of Muranology: letter C

MURANOLOGY, THE FIRST ON LINE GLOSSARY ABOUT MURANO GLASS FROM A TO Z: LETTER C

Muranology, the first on line glossary about Murano Glass from A to Z: Letter C

Today is the turn of the letter C – C as Calcedonio, Consorzio Promovetro and Glass Week. Calcedonio is a particular kind of glass, dated back in the XV Century, adding to the formula special metal oxydes with different colours, especially purple, red and green. The final result is a glass which gives the visual effect of the real stones as chalcedony, agate, malachite, onix, jasper, lapis. And sometimes the calcedonio-glass might really look, at a first sight, as real as the natural stones.

 

Is Calcedonio still renowned and appreciated?

Yes of course, people are usually amazed by the vision of calcedonio, but it took around two centuries to make this kind of glass famous worldwide, and only in the XIX century Lorenzo Radi “rediscovered” the formula, thus opening the era of its revival.

 

How can I distinguish an original Calcedonio made in Murano by a fake one?

If you are not an expert, be sure that the product is labelled as “Vetro Artistico Murano” by Consorzio Promovetro, but if you really want to know more about the art of making glass, we suggest you to take part to the Venice Glass Week, the most relevant international event in this sector. The Venice Glass Week Organising Committee is composed of Consorzio Promovetro Murano, Le Stanze del Vetro, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere e Arti, Municipality of Venice, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, and Fondazione Musei Civici.

 

In what time of the year is the Glass Week scheduled?

The Glass Week is usually scheduled in the first mid of September. This 2021 Venice Glass Week edition is running from September 4 to September 12.

 

Why the Venice Glass Week?

Because the Venice Glass Week is the greatest opportunity to live, experience and getting updated about the state of the art of the glass world. The weekly program offers different levels of experiences, from guided tours, demonstrations and encounters with the artisans in their furnaces and ateliers – both in Murano and in Venice- to conferences, exhibitions, performances. Glass is not just a goblet, a jar or a chandelier making your dining room beautiful. It is a powerful mean of expression, keeping a constant dialogue with all the other art forms!

Lorenzo Guglielmi

Read other articles about Muranology:

Chapter 8 – Muranology: interview to Eros Raffael

Chapter 7 – Muranology, the first on line glossary about Murano Glass from A to Z: Letter C

Chapter 6 – Muranology, the first on line glossary about Murano Glass from A to Z: Letter E and F

Chapter 5 – Muranology, the first on line glossary about Murano Glass from A to Z: Letter C and D

Chapter 4 – Muranology, the first on line glossary about Murano Glass from A to Z: Letter C

Chapter 3 – Muranology – the first on-line glossary about Murano: letter B

Chapter 2 – Muranology – the first on-line glossary about Murano: letter A

Chapter 1 – The Ultimate Glossary about Murano: letter M

Chapter 0 – What’s the tradition and the innovation in Murano?

 


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