Journal Article

<i>Allume Catina</i> and the Aesthetics of Venetian <i>Cristallo</i>


in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 12, issue 2, pages 111-122
Published in print January 1999 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online January 1999 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI:
Allume Catina and the Aesthetics of Venetian Cristallo

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The article deals un'th the origination of cristallo glass in mid-fifteenth-centuy Venice. Cristallo was the first really transparent glass ever produced, and it launched a veritable cult of ingenuity in Venetian glassmaking. The article concentrates on relating the technological inmation ofcristallo to the expm'ments in design obsenmble on three sum'vmg examples. It argues that cristallo's cultural and economic context is as important for understanding the design of the material as it isfm understanding the manner of its subsequent moulding and decoration. This joint context leads to a greater m'tical awareness of how the technology of cristallo uxls communicated in contemporary technical treatises.

Keywords: decorative arts; glass; imitation of materials; Renaissance; technology; Venice

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Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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