Blog Posts tagged with Renaissance

Brilliant color and delicacy inform this rare Venetian Murano glass chandelier

Murano: The Island of Glass

Posted: December 02, 2014 15:46 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Venetian glass captures the dance of light and color unlike any other. Its brilliant hues and dazzling, acrobatic designs mark Venetian glass pieces as some of the most delightful and extraordinary in the world. This ancient art blossomed on the tiny island of glassmakers, whose innovations and creativity would inspire the art of glassmaking throughout the world. With its origins in Byzantium and Syria, the history of glassmaking in Venice begins 900 years ago. Isolated in her lagoon, the tiny nation was insulated from the rest of Europe during the Dark Ages, and, rarely challenged, ...


Renaissance-period clocks, like this Turret (Table) timepiece is an example of the earliest mechanical clocks ever made that could go inside the home.

When Time Was Born: Renaissance-Period Clocks

Posted: June 13, 2014 08:22 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

Mention the Renaissance, and most people envision the revival of Classical literature and art after the dark days of the Medieval, or Middle Ages. But did you know that some of the world’s most important conveniences were invented during this period of cultural rebirth? The printing press, the match, and even the flush toilet are just a few of those pivotal creations. One invention, however, not only filled a need in society, but also provided us with some of the most stunning mechanical works of art ever made…the clock. The clock is perhaps one of the most important inventions of the R...


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