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Scraping the Barrel

4th century BCE philosopher Diogenes(supposedly lived in a wine barrel)by Gaetano Gandolfi (1792)To seventeenth century glassmaker Antonio Neri, "tartar" was a well-known byproduct of the winemaking process. If we chill wine or grape juice to below 50...
From: Conciatore on 16 Sep 2019

Pebbles from Pavia

A Bridge on the River Ticino, near Polleggio,William Pars (1742‑1782).In the sixteenth and seventeenth century, a type of glass known as 'cristallo' was the absolute pinnacle of the art. Its recipe was invented in Venice and guarded there as a state...
From: Conciatore on 13 Sep 2019


Antique Apothecary jars,cobalt blue glass.As best as I can remember, the first time that I really noticed glass was at four or five years old, at my grandmother's house in Queens, New York. The sunlight filtering through a low window caught my eye with...
From: Conciatore on 11 Sep 2019

Washing Molten Glass

Washing, sorting and carrying culletDenis Diderot 1772One of the continuing frustrations with the study of glassmaker Antonio Neri, is that there is no known example of his glass to be found anywhere. It is very possible that pieces do survive, but so...
From: Conciatore on 9 Sep 2019

Primordial Matter

16th century Mining practices, from Agricola, De Re MetallicaIn the early seventeenth century, Florentine priest Antonio Neri wrote the first printed book devoted to formulating glass from raw materials. His work is called L'Arte Vetraria, which...
From: Conciatore on 6 Sep 2019

Reticello Glass

Reticello by Aaron Tate (detail),Photo by David Lindes.In fine art of the early twentieth century, ‘cubist’ painters and sculptors caused a sensation by pioneering a style that was fluid and emotional yet rigorously geometric....
From: Conciatore on 4 Sep 2019

Cross Pollination

The art of stonework,from MS Ferguson 67, f. 7r, (1598-1600)Antonio Neri.Throughout the Renaissance, Florence, Italy was famous for its artistic output. Names like Donatello, Michelangelo and Giambologna graced the tongues of patrons across Europe. But...
From: Conciatore on 28 Aug 2019

Rosichiero Glass

Sunset over Venice(click image to enlarge)The most famous glass recipe in Antonio Neri’s 1612 book, L'Arte Vetraria, is “#129 Transparent Red.” The reason for its notoriety is, of course, the pure gold used as a pigment. Gold-ruby,...
From: Conciatore on 26 Aug 2019

Botanical Gardens

Rudolf  II as "Vertumnus"(c. 1590)Giuseppe Arcimboldo.In 1543-44 new botanical gardens were founded in Pisa; L’Orto Botanico was its Italian name. It was the very first garden devoted to the research of plants. Literally within a...
From: Conciatore on 23 Aug 2019

The Duke's Oil

Trajan's Column, RomeGiovanni Battista Piranesi (1758)In the seventeenth century, alchemy was a dangerous business. Yes, there were risks of sanctions by the authorities, which could be very harsh, but great dangers also lurked in the chemicals themselves....
From: Conciatore on 16 Aug 2019

The Glassmaker's Salamander

From Michael Maier's 1617 book of emblems.The salamander was thought to be born of fire.If one can say that hot-glass workers have a mascot, it is without any doubt the salamander. Since ancient times, this lizard-like, poisonous skinned amphibian...
From: Conciatore on 14 Aug 2019

Aventurine Glass

Small amphora in aventurine glass,Murano, Salviati.With all its glitz and sparkle, aventurine (avventurina) stands out as a flamboyant extrovert among the varieties of glass that were developed and perfected on the Venetian island of Murano. Also known...
From: Conciatore on 9 Aug 2019

Isaac Hollandus

J. Hollandus,Chymische Schriften, (Vienna: 1773)In early 1603, Glassmaker Antonio Neri traveled from Italy to Flanders, to visit his friend Emmanuel Ximenes. Neri would stay for seven years and in that time he worked on a number...
From: Conciatore on 7 Aug 2019

1600s Glass Furnace

From "De re metallica" Agricola (Georg Bauer) 1556.In the seventeenth century, glass furnaces represented a pinnacle of technology. True, the ability to achieve the high temperatures required to melt glass had been around for centuries – high...
From: Conciatore on 5 Aug 2019

A Reluctant Glassmaker

The Sun, Robert Fluddfrom Utriusque Cosmi (1617),v. 2, p. 19.(alchemical symbol for gold)Today, Antonio Neri is best known for his 1612 book, L'Arte Vetraria, in which he exposes the secrets of the art of making glass. In publishing his...
From: Conciatore on 31 Jul 2019

Neri and the Kabbalah

Kabbalistic Sephiroth Tree,from Portae Lucis, Paulus Ricius (Trans.)Augsburg, 1516.Kabbalah is a form of mysticism practiced within the Jewish tradition. In the early seventeenth century, there was a great deal of interest in Kabbalistic teachings...
From: Conciatore on 29 Jul 2019

Ultramarine Blue

Scrovegni  Chapel, PaduaFrescos and ultramarine ceiling, Giotto 1306.In his fifteenth century handbook for painters, Cennino Cennini said, "Ultramarine blue is a color illustrious, beautiful and most perfect, beyond all other colors; one could not...
From: Conciatore on 26 Jul 2019

Early Modern Aleppo

Aleppo, 1764Antonio Neri is famous for  his 1612 book on making glass, [1] but in the late sixteenth century his father was also famous; Neri Neri, as he was called, was a graduate of  the esteemed 'Studio Fiorentino', head of the Florentine...
From: Conciatore on 24 Jul 2019

Glassware of an Alchemist

Antonio Neri (1598-1600),"Libro intitulato Il tesoro del mondo" f. 38In the introduction of L'Arte Vetraria, his 1612 book on glassmaking, Antonio Neri discusses the technical and scientific uses of glass. He rattles off an impressive list of items,...
From: Conciatore on 22 Jul 2019

Torricelli and Glass

Evangelista Torricelliby Lorenzo Lippi, circa 1647Evangelista Torricelli (1608–1647) is remembered as the inventor of the mercury barometer. Lesser known are a number of significant contributions he made to mathematics, astronomy and physics. There...
From: Conciatore on 19 Jul 2019

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