Mirrors in Murano

The mirror, over the centuries, has always been present in human life and culture. Discover how they're connected to

Murano.The mirror, over the centuries, has always been present in human life and culture. Originally, the mirror was made of polished metal, but it is said that in Egypt and in the Roman period before Christ came mirrors formed by glass sheets accented to a pond or silver, just as it is certain that a silvering was used in Roman times i nside glasses and cups.

In 1507, Andrea and Domenego dal Gallo of the glass factory "del Gallo" in Murano, pointed out a technique to lay a slight layer of tin over crystal plates. This technique enables to achieve a manufacture privilege (a sort of patent granted by the Council of Ten in the Republic of Venice) for a period of 20 years.

Between 1534 and 1554 , a manufacturer of metal mirrors - Vincenzo Redor - will develop a technique to smooth crystal plates to confer the same reflection degree of metal mirrors to glass mirrors . Such an exclusive technical evolution will be “patented” and adopted by Redor for 25 years.

Starting from this period, the quality of the mirrors manufactured in Venice (the so-called Façon de Venise ) starts being unrivalled across Europe. For this reason, it's decided that this production represents a strategic element for the industrial policy of the Serenissima.

The manufacturing technique consisted of silvering with tin and mercury amalgam and, later, with a silver or platinum deposit on a plate ootenuto of the hot longitudinal cut, naturally (with the consequent opening and spinning), of a glass bubble blown.

However the artistic engraving skills remained, allowing Venice to remain, as it still does today, a point of reference in the production of decorative mirrors, not just in Europe but all over the world.


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