Hanging lamp

Date:
17th century
Culture:
Italian, Venice (Murano)
Medium:
Glass, gilt copper
Dimensions:
Height: 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm);
Diam. of rim: 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Bequest of Adrienne Minassian, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.282.2
Not on view
During the Renaissance, Venetian glassmakers, working on the island of Murano, were celebrated across Europe for their fine and sparkling work. Called “cristallo” emulating the clarity of rock crystal, in the hands of the most skilled glassblowers the medium could be delightfully manipulated, variously stretched paper-thin flat, or playfully twisted, or blown into molds with spectacular patterns.
Adrienne Minassian (until 1997; bequeathed to MMA)