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PHOTO WALK IN VENICE: THE TRADITIONAL VENETIAN GLASS ART

Photo walk in Venice means to challenge with a number of incredible photo subjects. One theme I love most is street photography. I live in Venice and locals know that there is a world to discover in Venice, related to old-time jobs. I can ensure you that those artisans are the best street photography subjects in Venice, with the exception of Carnival masks. In this article, I want to bring you into the marvellous world of the Venetian glass where is possible to experience a great PHOTO WALK IN VENICE!

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Besides the many kinds of research and studies, still unclear are the origins of the renowned Venetian glass art. Apparently, this art dates back to VIII and IX century with documents as written proof that testify the existence of glass artisans in the lagoon, while the first material proofs refer to XIV and XV century.

Light through a Murano glass.
Light through a Murano glass.

The origins of this art are related to the ancient techniques of Roman glass production, but a much greater impulse comes from the many relationships entertained by Venetians with eastern territories during the XII-XIV centuries.

Being a flourishing Maritime Republic, in fact, Venice was a popular trading centre that maintained important contacts with territories and cultures of the whole Mediterranean area, where glass making traditions were already established.

Venetian artisans learned the basic techniques of glass production and adapted them to their own procedures, creating a method able to offer unique and stunning artistic results.

Producing glass.
Producing glass.

The first statute of the Venetian makers regulating the activity was written in Latin during the XIII century, and in 1441 it was translated into a common language. From that moment on, this art started to be disciplined in all its phases, from the production to the sale, and the Venetian glass art started to evolve becoming renowned for its prestige.

This glass art quickly become a significant traditional and economic activity in the lagoon and actually Venetian glass artisans are celebrated worldwide and they give birth to extraordinary decorative pieces of art.

Glass lamps.
Glass lamps.

In particular the island of Murano has become the center of this traditional activity; this is due to the fact that in order to avoid dangerous fires or problems at the population of Venice, glass makers and laboratories with furnaces were moved to the island of Murano.

The small island started then to dedicate spaces to this art and some chronicles of the XV century talks about the presence of thousands of glass makers only on that island.

A glass blower.
A glass blower.

The art developed continuously through the centuries, gaining importance and prestige even from the growing contacts with the eastern world, from which new influences inspired the industry.

Beside these influences, glass art developed in Venice in an unique way, following styles and artistic trends typical of the many major artistic periods. The pass of time and the distinct artistic tendencies gave birth to pieces of art of all forms and styles, responding to the will of artistic dictates.

To understand this at his best, I give a lot of attention to the context: the picture must be representative not only of the person but also of the workplace. The photographers that come with me learn a lot about composition, both outdoor and indoor. In particular, the warm colors of the glass laboratories help us to get outstanding effects.

The importance and fame of Venetian glassblowers spread through Europe and many courts commissioned to Venetian artisans specific pieces of art for their artistic collections.

Glass art in Murano.
Glass art in Murano.

Beside the periods of more and less fortune of the glass art, its importance and value has always been recognized through the world and today they are an important subject even under a touristic and photographic approach.

Recognized as a traditional activity, Venetian glass industry summon tourists from all over the world, coming in Venice not only to contemplate the many architectonic landmarks of this unique city, but also to photograph and observe the long-established tradition of glass blowing.

Beside the change of time, Venetian glass artists, in fact, are still following ancient techniques in glass production, maintaining them alive.

Glass working.
Glass working.

Murano is now a day considered center of excellence of this art and it continuously produces top quality glass items of enormous artistic value. Entering in a laboratory, with a photo walk in Venice, to observe this ancient art could be an interesting and original experience that will be able to provide you the chance to capture stunning pictures.

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But the beauties of Murano don’t finish in the interior of the art laboratories: we invite you to go out and shooting the marvelous colorful houses and streets of this authentic island.

Murano.
Murano.

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