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There is a place in the heart of the Venice Lagoon whose name is well known throughout the world for producing something exceptional: the Murano glass.
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The place is precisely the island of Murano where, according to some scholars, glassmaking could even date back to the Roman times.
What is certain is that it became an art in Murano beginning from the 13th century, when the Republic of Venice decided to move all the foundries located in Venice itself to the island. In a short period, glassmakers became the most important members of the local community and created a productive industry based on top-quality glass creations that dominated the market for centuries and is still considered the best in the world today.
Most of the main glass factories in the island were founded by local families that handed over this sublime art from father to son.
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This is how it has survived till now.
This is how Gianni Seguso, one of the most appreciated glass master, learnt his job from his father.
This is how he is teaching the art of glass working to his son Marco, to keep this long-standing tradition alive.
The Seguso family has been creating extraordinary glass objects since the 15th century, specialising in the production of the so-called Murano Rezzonico chandeliers, magnificent artworks that are chosen to decorate some of the most elegant and sophisticated buildings in the world. The name originates by the fact that the first objects of this type were commissioned by the Rezzonico family, one of the most important in Venice, three centuries ago.
The Murano chandeliers are not only unique pieces of furniture that can turn an anonymous room into an elegant space worthy of a palace; also, they are authentic artistic creations that can be compared to paintings, sculptures or poems.
The Seguso family owns an authentic glass foundry right in Murano: in this ancient building, they work hard in the intense heat to give life to their masterpieces still using the ancient techniques of the blown glass. In this way, they can allow the fusion of the material at low temperature and then shape it following the Rezzonico style.