I VETRI DI ARCHIMEDE SEGUSO DAL 1950 AL 1959.
Rosa Barovier Mentasti 2009
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.
DE PULCRO LUMINE
Gino Seguso 2011
“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.”
VETRO VENEZIANO CONTEMPORANEO. LA COLLEZIONE DELLA FONDAZIONE DI VENEZIA.
Rosa Barovier Mentasti 2011
The glass collection of Fondazione of Venice is an homogeneous collection of works which show Murano glass art at its greatest splendour. Strictly connected to Venice Biennale, where many creations were exposed every year, this collection includes the best examples of the production that made Murano famous worldwide, especially from 20s to 70s. The book contains only the excellence: Barovier & Toso, Pauly & C., Venini, Archimede Seguso.
Archimede Seguso: Mid-mod Glass from Murano: Lace & Stone
Rosa Barovier Mentasti 2007
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 2010
“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.
In “Dove cadono gli angeli”, 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.