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DAL 1950 AL 1959

Rosa Barovier Mentasti

Archimede Seguso belongs to that line of gentlemen glass-makers recorded from the early Renaissance until the end of the 18th century, who survived the fall of the Republic of Venice to re-emerge as leading figures in the world of contemporary glass-making. They are gentlemen glass-makers for the respect that they enjoyed and still enjoy in Venetian and Murano society, but above all for their urbanity and cultivation. In this book, the expert Rosa Barovier Mentasi describes ten years of new masterpieces produced in Murano. Seventy-four colour plates illustrate some of Seguso’s finest works, produced between 1950 and 1959.


Gino Seguso

A millennium of glass in Venice. Eight-hundred years of glass on Murano. Six-hundred years of this handmade art created by my family. Centuries of protection of this noble art by the most Serene Republic. Seventy-eight years of working spent by my father Archimede in furnace. Is that enough to keep on producing glass on Murano? There is a deep lack of incentives but I think so.”


Umberto Franzoi

A whole life devote to glass. The artistic career of Archimede Seguso, one of the greatest and truest masters of Murano 1900s, following, but more often heralding the developments and contradictions of a century troubled by two World Wars and characterized by the often complex and sometimes painful evolution of taste and by the formal and stylistic quest.

All along these difficult decades, Archimede Seguso, supported by the serene insight of artists, has continued on his way, made up of old and new experiences, of extraordinary technical skill and of attachment to the Murano tradition, though at the same time wishing to discover new and unforeseeable opportunities of formal quest.

Archimede Seguso lives in the actuality, sitting on the same seat as the old glassmaker of a thousand years ago. His imagination runs across the foregone times to attain the stability of an existence closely linked to modernity, and does not go astray or lose its lucidity: silica, calcium, sodium, metals and dyes, the same that have been used over the centuries, merged together at the heat of flames, though the hands and mind of Archimede work around actual and modern object.

This book is a wid collection of Seguso’s most important works, from the famous laceworks to the “massello” compositions, from “latticino comositions” to transparent glass lightly suffused with shaded colors: a due homage to a craft that from the small island of Murano has spread all over the world.

Archimede Seguso:
Mid-mod Glass from Murano: Lace & Stone

Rosa Barovier Mentasti

Archimede Seguso (1909-1999), one of the great Muranese masters, took traditional glassmaking techniques to extremes. His introduction of merletto lacework technique at the Venice Biennale of 1952 turned heads. His secret for embedding fine lacy threads of glass was never shared. Rather than apply the filigree to the surface of vessels as was traditionally done, Seguso floated these delicate wisps of color inside the glass. Archimede Seguso was also a sculptor. His preference for solid glass and love of nature resulted in a glass menagerie of feathered, scaled, and furry creatures. In the late 1950s he debuted with an array of alabastro figurals mimicking natural white alabaster, as well as the stone in delicious colors. This book, the first on the subject written in English, shows the full array of his extraordinary work in almost 500 full color photos from collections around the world. With focus on the 1950s and the Venice Biennales, his designs for decanters, vases, bowls, and animal sculpture from the period are shown with detailed captions and a price guide. This book also includes a history, bibliography, index, and illustrated glossary of terms.

Cuor di veneto:
Anatomia di un popolo che fu nazione

Stefano Lorenzetto

To the people of Veneto, working is not a duty: it’s the only meaning of life”. These are the words used for describing the people of the longest republic in the world. Veneto, where Stefano Lorenzetto was born, has a 1100-year history as a nation. Its wired, eclectic, mumbling hard-working inhabitants, who are against the system but pay their tax, who dream independence but stay away from violence and weapons, who look at the stranger with diffidence but house in their own lands, who send their missionaries in Africa although they don’t like mix up with other races at all. The treasure of their souls is exactly living day by day, as everything could vanish in the blink of an eye.

Dove cadono gli Angeli.
Venezia e altri misteri

John Berendt

In “The city of falling angels”, the author John Berendt tells the story following just one guiding thread: the arson of Gran Teatro La Fenice, on January 29th, 1996. Berendt lives in first person and describes the pain arising from this disaster, in the hearts of the people and of the city itself. He shows us the investigations about rebuilding, mysteries, but in particular the magic and charm of Venice.


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