Experience the spectacle of Venice and its rich history as a glassmaking capital through Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano. The exhibition is the first comprehensive examination of the American Grand Tour to Venice in the late nineteenth century, revealing the glass furnaces and their new creative boom as a vibrant facet of the city’s allure.
The inventions of Murano’s master glassmakers established Venice as
a center for artistic experimentation. Sojourns in Venice were turning points
for John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and scores of artists who
followed in their footsteps, often referencing the glass industry in their
works. Featuring more than 140 artworks, this exhibition presents a choice selection
of glass vessels in conversation with paintings, watercolors, and prints by the
many talented American artists who found inspiration in Venice. This
juxtaposition reveals the impact of Italian glass on American art, literature,
design theory, and science education, as well as ideas at the time about
gender, labor, and class relations.