(Venice, Italy) Lino Tagliapietra thinks in glass; his thoughts are beautiful and complex, and we have the great privilege of seeing those thoughts solidified in a material sent down from the heavens by the gods themselves. There was not even room to stand at the opening of glass Maestro Lino Tagliapietra's retrospective on Saturday morning, February 19, 2011 at the prestigious Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti entitled Lino Tagliapietra. Da Murano allo Studio Glass. Opere 1954 - 2011. After witnessing myself the glass he has blown with breath from Paradise, it was easy to understand why so many people were drawn. It seems impossible for a human being to be able to create objects so intricate and full of wonder, but Tagliapietra is proof it can be done. Now in his late 70s, he is only becoming better with age.
Born on the glass-blowing island of Murano, little Lino did not want to go to school, he wanted to learn about the glass. So, when he was ten-years-old, over the protests of his parents, he quit going to regular school, and entered into a different, magical classroom. From the Maestro's website:
ANGEL TEARColored glass cane, twisted filigree, approaching from another angle - these are only technical terms that give me a way to describe working with glass. These terms don't capture the feeling that comes with creating a piece such as Angel Tear. The "lacrime d'angelo" were tears of joy. They were such a pleasure to blow, bringing me intimate satisfaction breath after breath. One might say that all works of art should have this spirit and the same energy. This is true. But this time, I became very attached to these Angel Tears. The name seemed to grow with me.
From Murano to Studio Glass.
Works 1954 – 2011
19 February – 22 May 2011 Venice,
Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti.
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