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Biography: Jorge Barrera

Jorge Barrera

Jorge Barrera, a French glass scholar, was selected as the first recipient of the Rakow Grant for Glass Research.

Barrera studied the glass discovered in the Cour Napoleon, the courtyard of the Louvre in Paris, during excavations for the new entrance and expanded public service area for the museum. Fragments of hundreds of glass drinking vessels, table wares, beads, and flat glass were found.

In addition to conducting chemical analyses of these fragments, which date from the 13th to 18th centuries, Barrera searched for parallels which were to help identify the original forms of the glasses, their origins, and their dates. This project took him to museums in France and the United States, including The Corning Museum of Glass.