Cristallo e Bronzo (Crystal and Bronze)

Cristallo e Bronzo (Crystal and Bronze)

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Object Name: 
Cristallo e Bronzo (Crystal and Bronze)
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Overall H: 45 cm, W: 65 cm, D: 14 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
Laura de Santillana’s ease with glass is reflected in her confidence in pushing the limits of technique, and in her personal history. She is the granddaughter of Paolo Venini, founder of the Venini glassworks on Murano, and the daughter of Ludovico Diaz de Santillana, the firm’s director from 1959 until 1986. Internationally recognized for its progressive design policies, Venini was the first glasshouse in Italy to expand the parameters of art glass production by inviting outside artists, designers, and architects to work with its glass masters. Subtle, quiet, and sensuous, Santillana’s work is quintessentially modern, and like the best of vintage Venini glass, it is innovative, classic, and experimental. Although her glass is no longer related to Venini production, she—more than anyone else—is heir to Venini’s artistic legacy. For Cristallo e bronzo, Santillana first created a vessel of colorless glass. During blowing, the vessel was manipulated with cork paddles into a flattened square form with a thick rim and a solid base. Santillana considers this vessel as a “pocket” for ephemeral but essential substances, such as breath. The bronze form, which was cast from the glass vessel, mirrors it and gives the transparent, cloudy glass a feeling of gravity and weight. Santillana describes her technique for this sculpture as “blown and compressed glass with cast bronze shadow.” Signed “Laura de Santillana” on the glass vessel. For more information on Laura de Santillana’s work, see Attilia Dorigato, Janet Koplos, and Barry Friedman, Murano/Venice: Three Artists, Three Visions: Cristiano Bianchin, Yoichi Ohira, and Laura de Santillana, Stuttgart: Arnoldsche, 2009.
Elliott Brown Gallery, Source
[artist's signature]
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; blown, cased, fumed, hot-worked, polished; lost-wax-cast bronze. Blown vessel, cased, fumed between gathers, and manipulated with cork paddles into a flattened square, stele-shaped form with a thick rim and solid base. The two flattened walls of the glass vessel meet and touch in the interior. After cooling, the glass was polished with diamond paper. The bronze form echoes the glass form, and in fact the wax model for the bronze was made from the glass form. The glass form sits in front and slighty to the side of the bronze form. The artist describes the technique as "blown and compressed glass with cast bronze shadow." The artist's signature appears on the glass form.
Contemporary Glass Vessels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 35, 190-191 (fig. 71, plate 72); BIB# 149403
Recent Important Acquisitions (2010) illustrated, p. 118; BIB# AI79772
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2009 (2010) illustrated, p. 68, #48; BIB# AI79879