Venetian Art

The site Veniceclayartists was originally formed with a collection of ceramic artists from Venice, California. I acquired the expired domain name thinking it was connected to the Italian Venice, as I had a fascination with Mid-Century Italian pottery and Murano Glassware. Either way both Venice’s can boast  rich and active artistic communities. I intend to do a feature on the Californian Venice, but today the focus is on the Italian one.

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The winged lion has long been the traditional symbol of Venice, ever since the remains of St. Mark were brought to the city in the early 800’s. You can find statues of the lion everywhere in the city, but most noticeably in St. Mark’s Square.

Early history of  Venice pottery

Archaelogical excavations have unearthed precious artefacts that date the first appearance of pottery in the Venice lagoon vicinity to the 6th century. Venice was one of the first pottery centres in Italy, the oldest decorated plates found date back to the first half of the 1200′s. The original Venice potteries were concentrated in the area of San Polo and ancient kilns have been found in this location.The first Venetian dishes used two different traditions : Byzantine graffito and Islamic majolica ware.

In 1301 there were already many Venetian potters and they formed a corporation called ” Capitolare dell Arte ” of the ” Scutelari de piera ” This later become known as the Bochaleri and was also traditionally known as the Vasai del Leone ” ( the potters of St. Mark’s Lion ) In the 13th and 14th Centuries, Venetian pottery displayed distinctive geometric plant motifs, either hand painted or scratched using grafitto techniques. At the end of the 1300′s new forms and designs appeared in Venice, such as palmettes, lozenges, birds and animals. Towards the mid 1500′s a more refined style emerged using human figures ( mostly on vases for engagement and wedding gifts ). Also plates decorated with the names and descriptions of local dishes were in vogue. Landscapes and Roman ruins became popular themes in the 16th century for plate decoration.

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The potters that migrated to Venice form Marche and Faenza in the 1400′s brought about a revival of the majolica enamel glazes. Many workshops run by artists flourished producing wall plates and other majolica wares depicting historical figures and scenes.  The introduction of majolica wares into the Venetian area brought about remarkable changes in the organization of this industry. Majolica (named after the island of Majorca, from where its technique of production was imported to Italy in the thirteenth century) was a much better material for dinner services and offered greater possibilities for decoration than mezza maiolica.

A severe recession n the 1700′s eventually crippled production. In 1773 there were over 30 active potteries, but this was reduced to a few at the end of the century and the Bochaleri Corporation was abandoned. Some of the pottery manufactures that flourished into the 1800′s were Antonibon, Cozzi, and Fiorina Fabris.

Museo Correr, Venice, Italy

Italian majolica plate – Doge Enrico Dandolo crowns Baldwin I (Baudoin), Emperor of Byzantium (1204-1205)

Museo Correr, Venice, Italy

Ceramiche Venezia Oggetti

Red ceramic vase – Bottega degli Angeli, Venice

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Vintage Italian Majolica Byzantine Portrait & Bird Mosaic Vase

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Vintage Italian  Majolica Byzantine Portrait & Bird Mosaic Vase

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A San Polo butterfly plate

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3 pieces from Dolcetti – ( twicemodern.wordpress.com )

Giacomo Dolcetti was born in Venice in 1893 and he established his ceramics studio there in 1921 which he called “The Potter’s House”.

Cozzi pottery 1775

Cozzi Pottery pitcher  - Venice 1775

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Ceramic Figurine – Jo Ponti

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photo – Carla Coulson

Cantagalli winged lion Italan pottery

Cantagalli winged lion – Italan pottery, Venice

Crisaliforme by Cristiano Bianchin Murano

Crisaliforme by Cristiano Bianchin,  Murano

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Lilac Africanist Murano Glass sculpture – 60′s

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Glass Beaker – Venice,late 15th century

( V & A Musuem )

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17th Century Venezia vessel for herb storage

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The Minuet or Carnivale Scene 1754 – 55

Giandomenico Tiepolo

( Musee Du Lourve )

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St. Marks facade

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Veduta del Palazzo Ducale

Canaletto

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Venetian Lion

Carlos Marchiori

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Italian Pottery – Painted Bowl, San Polo  Venice

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Venetian Pitcher

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Venetian Goblet – 1500

( V & A Museum )

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San Polo dish

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San polo harlequin figurine

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Murano Glass

Owls Formia Murano art glass

Murano glass owls

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Built in 1440, the Ca’ d’Oro – ( Golden House ) was once completely covered in gold leaf. This magnificent Gothic palace is now the home of the Galleria Franchetti.

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Murano glass vase

2012

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( V & A Museum )

Robert Frederick Blum

Robert Frederick Blum (American, 1857-1903) Venice, 1883.

Rookwood vase - Venetian harbour

 

Rookwood vase, Venetian harbor scene, covered in a beautifully fired high glaze, executed by Carl Schmidt in 1923.

 

 

 

 

 

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Salviati Vase – Venice 1868

( V & A Museum )

 

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Raymor carved Bitossi style vase

Raymor carved Bitossi style vase

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Horses at St Mark’s Basilica, Venice

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Street in Venice is an c. 1882 oil on wood painting by the American artist John Singer Sargent. Painted in a post-impressionist manner, it is set in a quiet backstreet off the Calle Larga dei Proverbi, near the Grand Canal in Venice.

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Murano Glass Flame Shaped Vase by Celotto

55th Venice Bienalle 2013

55th Venice Bienalle 2013

Midcentury Italian Pedestal Bowl

Midcentury Italian Pedestal Bowl

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Murano glass vase entitled VIRGO by Andrea Zilio

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VASE  ”Cattedrale” from Perelda of Pollio, 1955

Venetian water jug

Venetian water jug – Murano

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Venice -16th century glass bottle

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Philip Jackson (British, b. 1944) La Scala.

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Philip Jackson (British, b. 1944) Doge’s Gondolier, c. 1997, bronze, 37 ” height

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Venice Billboard

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Cozzi Pottery teapot -1780

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Salvadore DaliItalian ceramic lamp

Italian turquoise sgraffito ceramic lamp with lion motifs.

VASE-TESSUTO by Carlo Scarpa

Vase TESSUTO by Carlo Scarpa, 1951,execution by Venini & Co

Italian leopard spot  teapot

Italian leopard spot  teapot

Majolica earthenware plate

Majolica earthenware plate -Venetian noblewoman in purple dress. Giocomo Dolcetti

San Polo -- Venezia jug

San Polo – Venezia jug

Tray Majolica - John Petucco

Majolica Tray  - John Petucco

Characters of the Commedia

Characters of the Commedia

 

 

Carnevale Di Venezia

The famous Carnevale Di Venezia has a traditon that dates back over a thousand years to 1094 where carnivale festivities as public entertainment in the days leading up to Lent were decreed by the Government of the Doge Vitale Falier. The carnivale lasted for over a month up to Ash Wedensday and the Venetians celebrated wearing masks and colourful costumes. The beginning of the carnivale starts with special traditional celebrations such as the warrior dance of the ” Morescoa” and the “Svolo del Turco ” ( flight of the Turk ), which is a dangerous stunt. Carnival represents a sort of  ” time out of time ” in which fortunes are reversed: the poor become rich, the powerless become powerful. Social customs are overturned; women aggressively pursue men, for example. During the time of Carnevale, it’s important to remain anonymous, so when “real time” returns, it returns to exactly the same place.

Venice Carnivale

Venice Carnivale

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Venezia Carnevale

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Venice carnivale

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Svolo del Turco

“The Flight of the Angel” from the tower of St Mark’s Campanile Bianca Brandolini D’Adda

( www.ilreporter.com )

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Carnavale mask

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Venice Italy carnivale

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Sources cited : http://www.venicethefuture.com

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