Museo del Vetro

Glass Museum

The building began as a patrician residence in the typical forms of flamboyant Gothic, of which traces remain in the column with capital of’ atrium and in the windows of the facade of the courtyard. In 1689 the bishop of Torcello, Marco Giustiniani, moved its headquarters here and then buys the palace and gave it to the diocese. It is then radically restructured, on project of’ architect Antonio Gaspari. During those years, the first noble floor, the ceiling remains the central hall frescoed by Francesco Zugno (1709-1787), with Francesco Zanchi ( 1734-1772), depicting the Triumph of San Lorenzo Giustiniani, ancestor of the family and first patriarch of Venezia.Il palace remains the seat of the diocese of Torcello until it was suppressed in 1805; then passes to the Patriarch of Venice, who sells it in 1840 to the City of Murano, where he became the headquarters. In 1861 the first nucleus of the museum-archive of’ island located space here, in the central hall, extending then, little by little, all the’ building. In 1923 Murano joins the City of Venice, which then also acquires the palace and the museum.

Glass Museum was born in 1861 on Antonio initiative Colleoni, then mayor of Murano and of’ abbot Vincenzo Zanetti, lover of glass art with the’ idea of ​​establishing an archive of testimonies about the history and life of’ island, which, since the fall of the Venetian Republic (1797), he has experienced a long period of crisis, which is starting to recover. Soon on’ store takes over the museum, thanks to numerous donations of antique and contemporary glass from the furnaces of Murano, which in the second halfà dell’ nineteenth century have started to work intensively. In support of their activitiesà ;, the’ Abate Zanetti in 1862 attaches to the museum also a school where the study design and the glassmakers past the windowsà conservati.Dopo l’ annexation of Murano in the Venice City Council in 1923, the museum becomes part of the heritage of the cityà ;, the collections are reordered in 1932 by Giulio Lorenzetti and Nino Barbantini and enriched with glasses of other Venetian civic collections. The museum acquires così precious Renaissance pieces and later on, thanks to deposits of archaeological Superintendent, also an important nucleus of ancient glass from excavations. Purchases and donations continue over time to increase the collections, also of contemporary works.


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Fondamenta Giustinian, 8
30141 Venezia


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