Italian, Venice (Murano)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 506

The island of Murano supplied Venice’s wealthy households and visitors on the Grand Tour with elegant glass objects for domestic use. Since the mid-fifteenth century, Murano manufacturers had specialized in making cristallo—a clear, colorless glass that resembles rock crystal—using a secret recipe that was coveted by courts throughout Europe. By the eighteenth century, competing glass centers in England and Bohemia, as well as changing consumer tastes, encouraged the development of new techniques in Venice. Glassmakers imitated fashionable materials such as lace, precious stones, and porcelain.

Tazza, Glass, blown with filigrana a retortoli decoration, Italian, Venice (Murano)

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.