Medium:Murano Artistic Glass
Note: Does not include light box.
Glass sculpture with a jellyfish seemingly floating inside of a clear glass base. Comes with light box.
The origins of glassmaking in Venice go back to the times of the Roman Empire when molded glass was used for illumination in bathhouses. Combining this need with skills learned from the Byzantine Empire and trade with the Orient, Venice emerged as a prominent glass-manufacturing center as early as the 8th century. By the 1200s, the production of glass objects was the city’s largest industry. In 1291, a law was passed that established Murano as the premier glass-making center and all furnaces used for glassmaking were required to be moved to the city. Today, many believe this was an attempt to isolate the glass artists and their techniques where they wouldn’t be able to disclose trade secrets, but it was also located along the Mediterranean Sea, which made it a great location for trade routes. While glassmaking is still a trade of the area, it is not as prominent as it once was.