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The Neighbors

"Portrait of Giambologna"by Hendrick GoltziusIn Florence, directly across the street from the Palazzo Neri, where glassmaker Antonio Neri spent his youth (now the Marzichi-Lenzi), was the residence and workshop of famed sculptor Giambologna. This two-building...
From: Conciatore on 13 Jan 2020

Eyes of a Lyn

The seal of the Accademia dei Lincei.In the spring of 1612, Florentine priest Antonio Neri published his book on glassmaking. L'Arte Vetraria was the first printed book devoted to the formulation of glass from raw materials, but unfortunately...
From: Conciatore on 10 Jan 2020

Report from Parnassus

Rafael - El Parnaso (Vatican, Rome, 1511)Apollo on Parnassus, (fresco detail). In the spring of 1612, Italian glassmaker Antonio Neri finished writing L’Arte Vetraria, and the Holy Office of the Inquisition approved it for publication....
From: Conciatore on 6 Jan 2020

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 3 Jan 2020

Art and Science

Jacopo Ligozzi,1518,  fanciful glass vessels,ink and watercolor on paper.Antonio Neri's writing on glassmaking and alchemy was distinguished from that of many contemporary authors in that his work was all deeply rooted in hands-on experience. He...
From: Conciatore on 1 Jan 2020

Chalcedony Glass

17th century ribbed bottle,Brescia, Italy.In hopeful anticipation of flowers, the cusp of spring seems the appropriate time to celebrate Antonio Neri's most colorful creation; chalcedony glass.[1] Through his clever technique, the 17th century glassmaker...
From: Conciatore on 30 Dec 2019

Gold Ruby Glass

A gold florin.Legend claims gold ruby glass was discovered when a nobel threwa gold coin into a glass maker's crucible.Antonio Neri is best remembered for writing L'Arte Vetraria. It was the first printed book entirely devoted to the formulation...
From: Conciatore on 25 Dec 2019

The Dregs of Alchemy

"The struggle of fixed and volatile" allegorical illustration fromSplendor solis [detail] 16th C.To 17th century Italian glassmaker and alchemist Antonio Neri, "Dregs" were otherwise known as terra, gruma, immondita, terrestreità and...
From: Conciatore on 18 Dec 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 16 Dec 2019

Vitriol of Venus

Crystals of Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate(Vitriol of Venus)Vitriol of Venus was one of the most cherished items in Antonio Neri’s chemical library. In his book, L'Arte Vetraria, he describes its effect in glass this way:To your great contentment,...
From: Conciatore on 9 Dec 2019

Sulfur of Saturn

The Roman Goddess Ops, 'sweet'-heart (and wife)of Saturn, Peter Paul Rubens c. 1630,“Abundance (Abundantia).” [1]Antonio Neri’s 1612 book on glassmaking, L'Arte Vetraria, devotes an entire chapter to making artificial gems....
From: Conciatore on 6 Dec 2019

Crocus Martis

The many different alchemical symbols used to denote crocus martis.In order to understand the seventeenth century glass recipes of Antonio Neri and for that matter, any alchemical recipes, it is first necessary to have a grasp of the chemical...
From: Conciatore on 4 Dec 2019

Glass Discovery Legend

Giovan Maria Butteri,"The Discovery of Glass"Studiolo of Francesco I de' MediciAny self-respecting Roman historian living in the first century could tell you the story that glass was first discovered by Phoenician sailors. They were temporarily grounded...
From: Conciatore on 29 Nov 2019

A Matter of Plagiarism

Francesco Lana Terzi (1631-1687)Conciatore is pleased to reprise the guest-post of independent researcher Maria Grazzini. Maria studied Antonio Neri under the late Professor Paolo Rossi, philosopher and historian of science at the University of Florence....
From: Conciatore on 25 Nov 2019

Kitchen Alchemy

Tesoro del Mondo, "Ars Preparatio Animalium"Antonio Neri 1598-1600, f. 10r (MS Ferguson 67).Between 1598 and 1600, Antonio Neri wrote a manuscript filled with alchemical recipes. He entitled it Tesoro del Mondo or "Treasure of the World" and...
From: Conciatore on 22 Nov 2019

BĂ©guines of Malines

A Béguine of Antwerp,from Pierre Hélyot,L'Histoire des ordres monastiques… 1719 (v.8)Five years into his stay in Antwerp, on 21 February 1608, glassmaker Antonio Neri posted a letter to a friend in Florence. The letter was addressed...
From: Conciatore on 20 Nov 2019

Caterina Sforza and Alchemy

Caterina Sforza, by Lorenzo di Credi(now in the Museum of Forlì.)We remember Antonio Neri mostly for his book on glassmaking, L'Arte Vetraria. However, he thought about himself a bit differently; he considered himself first...
From: Conciatore on 18 Nov 2019

Sara Vincx, Glass Maker

Still life with façon de Venise wineglass,Alexander Adriaenssen (1587-1661)Antwerp.In the 1590s, after the death of her husband, Sara Vincx ran a successful glassmaking business in the city of Antwerp. In the midst of a major war, she presided...
From: Conciatore on 1 Nov 2019

San Giusto alle Mura

Window of  Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral,Florence, Italy.In Florence, at the very end of the street on which Antonio Neri spent his youth, Borgo Pinti, was the residence and estate of the Archbishop. Beyond were the city walls and the enormous...
From: Conciatore on 28 Oct 2019

We Were Trojans

Giovanni Domenico Tipeolo, Procession of the Trojan Horse in Troy. 1773In January of 1600, Antonio Neri finished an ambitious manuscript called Treasure of the World, which was devoted to "all of alchemy." On the first page of text after...
From: Conciatore on 25 Oct 2019

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