Published at Wednesday, February 07th, 2018 - 10:59:22 AM. . By Kelsey C.
Enameled glass, crystalline glass and multi-colored glass were further developments that added to the aesthetics of lighting fixtures. At the same time came the evolution of the mirrors and beads that were initially exported in the fourteenth century to the luxurious lighting pieces found today, mainly lamps and chandeliers. Glass-makers were so revered for their art that they were given position in society. For example, glass-makers were permitted to carry swords, they were protected from prosecution and they even made their way into Venetian high-society. Such privileges were well-earned as they possessed a unique skill that created covetous pieces of art that left the world in awe.
In the early sixteenth century came the introduction of the Murano chandelier. The original chandelier paled in comparison to the remarkable Murano glass. The lighting fixtures evolved along with the development of glass-making methods and materials which included illuminating multi-colored swirls to vibrant red, green and black. A mainstay in the design of this type of chandelier and pendant lights are the classic designs with clear glass and a multitude of gold. Whether it is a timeless lighting piece with intricate and ornate details or a sleek, modern and visually stimulating design, the variety of styles all preserve the elegance and opulence that is Murano lighting.
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