Famed glass artist Lino Tagliapietra has unexpectedly canceled his visit to the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion this week (March 25–29) due to illness.
Tagliapietra, considered one of the finest Venentian glass blowers in the world, was scheduled to be working this week at the Glass Pavilion, be on hand for the opening of an exhibition of his work on Friday (March 28) and give a free public demonstration on Saturday (March 29). Those with tickets to observe Tagliapietra during studio sessions will be contacted regarding a refund or they may call 419-255-8000 ext. 7448.
The free exhibition Venetian Glass Birds: Lino Tagliapietra will continue as planned in Gallery 2 at the Glass Pavilion. The two dozen objects in the exhibition represent three recent series created by this world-renowned master of glassblowing. Ala explores the stylized shapes of birds in flight, delicate Petra embodies roosting birds, and the elegant Fenice signifies the mythical phoenix rising from the ashes, a sacred firebird symbolizing rebirth.
For nearly half a century Tagliapietra has developed a distinctive style that explores and expands on intricate traditional Venetian glassblowing techniques.
“Filigree glass has remained the most popular and complex Italian decorating technique since the early 16th century, and Maestro Tagliapietra applies it at the same high level of skill as his Renaissance ancestors to capture the plumage of sculptural bird forms,” said Jutta-Annette Page, the Museum’s curator of glass and decorative arts, noting, “He is the greatest living master of Venetian glass technology.”