European Glass in the J. Paul Getty Museum

Catherine Hess and Timothy Husband


272 pages

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The Getty Museum’s collection of postclassical European glass represents a well-defined chapter within the history of the medium. These objects—which range in date from the late Middle Ages to the late seventeenth century—originated in important Italian, German, Bohemian, Netherlandish, Silesian, and Austrian centers of production.

The sixty-eight pieces presented in this catalogue include vessels made to resemble rock crystal or chalcedony; glass blown into unusually large or remarkably refined shapes; and glass decorated with ornament that is intricately applied, elegantly enameled, or gilded. Each object is described in detail, including provenance, bibliography, and relevant comparative examples.

An introductory essay traces the history of European glass from classical times to the present.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
    John Walsh
  • Map of Western Europe
  • Acknowledgments
  • Map of Central Europe
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Introduction: The Art of Glass
  • Chapter 1: Northern Domestic Glass of the Fifteenth through Seventeenth Century
  • Chapter 2: Murano Glass of the Late Fifteenth though the Early Seventeenth Century
  • Chapter 3: The Venetian Influence in Northern Glasshouses
  • Chapter 4: Central and Northern European Enameled and Engraved Glass
  • Glossary
  • Index

About the Authors

Catherine Hess is associate curator in the Department of Sculpture and Works of Art at the Getty Museum.

Timothy Husband is curator in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.