| About Murano Glass. Undoubtedly Murano glass is synonymous unique beauty and masterful workmanship by highly skilled artisans, that literally from centuries create exceptional works of art! At Artistica we are proud to feature only authentic works of art, from renowned Murano artists.
Muranos reputation as a center for glassmaking was born when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and destruction to the citys mostly wood buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291. Murano's glassmakers were soon the islands most prominent citizens. By the 14th century, glass makers were allowed to wear swords, enjoyed immunity from prosecution by the Venetian state and found their daughters married into Venices most affluent families. Of course there was a catch: glassmakers weren't allowed to leave the Republic If a craftsman got a hankering to set up shop beyond the Lagoon, he risked being assassinated or having his hands cut off by the secret police.
Muranos glassmakers held a monopoly on quality glassmaking for centuries, developing or refining many technologies and today, the artisans of Murano are still employing these century-old techniques, crafting everything from contemporary art glass and glass jewelry to Murano glass sculptures, chandeliers and an enormous variety of home decor masterpieces!