During the pre-Roman era Venice represented one of the most developed cities in the upper Adriatic area and thanks to its strategic geographical position it was favoured in trade and consequently in the discovery of new materials such as coloured Murano glass.
The Venetian glassmakers distinguished themselves for their eccentric and at the same time elegant taste, but above all for their ability to combine clearly opposite colours in the most varied forms thanks to their excellent manual skill.
Initially, the first who tried their hand at working this new material according to ancient documents were the Murano glassmakers:
The fame of Murano exploded especially in 1291 when in Venice there was an order to move all the glassworks in this area in order to avoid fires: in fact these buildings were mainly made of wood.
Venice and Murano, unlike other countries where glassworks were located in places where raw materials were produced, imported materials, including wood.
from distant and exotic places. The distinctive element of Murano from all the other centres was the manual skill and imagination of the masters of Murano glass who, over time, were considered to be the best since the Renaissance in the various courts.
As if that were not enough, the first glass school was developed in this period, established to direct young talents to the technical knowledge and manual skills and secrets of the Murano masters.
In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Murano glass was particularly in demand and desired by the wealthiest and richest families in the form of transparent glass, which gave the various objects (vases and glasses) a more elegant and refined appearance.
In the Baroque period there was the explosion of glass processing in the form of milky, i.e. milk-white glass that could be perfectly combined with Venetian furniture.
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