Venetian Glass - Styles and Influences
Venice is the most important city in the long and rich history of glass production. The Venetian glassmakers showed themselves endlessly creative and reached a high level skill. Because of fear of fire on 8 November, 1291 all the glassworks in the city moved to the island of Murano from where, in the mid-15th c., the Murano glass masters set about inaugurating a rebirth of European glass production. They made skilful use of the heritage of Rome, Byzantium and Islam and devised new techniques of production and forms of glassware which allowed them to reach fresh heights in the craft of glass-making.