The Arts of Fire: Islamic Influences on the Italian Renaissance (May 4 to September 5, 2004)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 4 to September 4, 2004
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Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N104
Venice, Veneto, Italy (Place created)
late 15th - early 16th century
Free-blown colorless glass with gold leaf and enamel decoration
13.8 x 10 x 7.3 cm (5 7/16 x 3 15/16 x 2 7/8 in.)
Made of clear glass with minute bubbles throughout, this goblet would probably have been used as a wineglass. A continuous pattern of interlaced tendrils, stylized palmettes, and marguerite daisies in blue, dark red, and white enamel decorates the flared bowl. Few glass vessels are decorated as this one is, with no figures, only painted foliage.
A fragment of a similar vessel with comparable intertwined foliage painting was found under the foundations of the bell-tower of San Marco, Venice, after it collapsed in 1902. After some uncertainty, this discovery confirmed that this "Venetian-style" goblet was indeed Venetian.