Hidden treasures

The Barovier Cup at the Glass Museum of Murano in Venice

Unknown places & works
Coppa_Barovier

The Barovier Cup at the Glass Museum of Murano in Venice

What to give for a wedding has always been a very difficult question. At the Museum of Glass in Murano, the small island in the lagoon of Venice, famous throughout the world for its glass blowing, you can admire one of the most beautiful objects ever given away for someone's wedding: the Barovier cup.

It's made of dark blue glass, decorated in enamel and gold, and was made between 1470 and 1480 as a wedding gift for the two characters depicted in the medallions; in addition two allegorical scenes are depicted, a ride and a swim to the fountain of love and of youth, that were to serve as a good omen for the new couple.

This cup is so famous that even today it is produced in the same way in which the original was made more than 500 years ago and by the same furnace that produced it. The Barovier & Toso is considered among the world's oldest family businesses still in operation as it has existed from the middle of the 13th century.

The cup is kept in the Palazzo Giustiniani, which since 1861 has housed the Museum of Glass Art, where you can admire a beautiful collection of glass objects, ranging from archaeological ones from the 2nd century B.C. until the most recent creations of Venetian glass.

Palazzo Giustiniani was built following a design by Antonio Gaspari from 1680 onwards for the Bishop of Torcello Marco Giustiniani, who moved the episcopal seat here, because of malaria which was rampant in Torcello.

If you found this article interesting and would like to discover other extraordinary masterpieces safeguarded in Venice, make a request for Francesca's availability! The editor of this popular section will organise a tailor-made itinerary just for you...

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: The Royal Gardens of Venice are returning to life

giardini-reali
Unknown places & works

Venice never fails to amaze. After the disastrous high tide last November, the city shows its strong pride with the reopening, after ex...

View

Treviso: The curious legends about the origin of Treviso Red Chicory

radicchio_CC.Mon CEil
Did you know that...

Did you know that, according to an ancient popular saying, red chicory (radicchio as it is known in Italy) seems to have been born as a...

View

Venice: Acqua Alta: when a normal phenomenon becomes tragic

Acqua-alta-a-Venezia
Did you know that...

Did you know that ‘Acqua Alta’ is an expression of Venetian dialect used by its inhabitants to describe the high tides that occur p...

View

Venice: Mars, Adam and Eve: the Doge's Palace celebrates their return

restauro-adamo-eva-ducale
Unknown places & works

After four years of delicate restoration work, the three fifteenth-century statues by the great artist Antonio Rizzo will be exceptiona...

View

Top posts

Chioggia: The Valley of the Seven Dead Men

casone-millecampi-detto-casone-dei-sette-morti
Mysteries & Legends

Halloween is just around the corner: have you already got into the fascinating terrifying aura of the scariest party of the year? No ye...

View

Venice: The stone heart of St Mark’s Basilica

cuore-erizzo
Unknown places & works

If you are visiting St Mark’s Basilica and have just abandoned the wonderful vision of the Pala d'Oro (which is a must-see), just a f...

View

Venice: Map of Venice, what to know before you leave

mappa-venezia
Did you know that...

Did you know that Venice is not a single large island but rather a collection of 117 small islands linked together by over 400 bridges?...

View

Verona: The roman walls of Verona

porta-borsari
Historical Curiosities

Verona has always been considered a city of considerable importance from a military point of view: being at the mouth of the Adige Vall...

View