Glass and beyond: the Empire of things, things for the Empire.
Following in the footsteps of the conference series started in 2018 during Venice Glass Week, this year's third edition of "Murano-Istanbul : A Glass Making Journey" aims to widen the perspective and consider the large spectrum of goods commissioned by the Ottoman élite to the Venetian industries. Unfortunately, the current sanitary legislation prevents scholars from Turkey to come to Italy unless observing a fourteen-day quarantine, therefore, this time, it will be Prof. Vera Costantini and Prof. Luca Molà’s pleasure to intervene on the topic. Both economic historians, respectively from “Ca’ Foscari” University of Venice and the University of Warwick, they will try to question whether the Early-Modern Adriatic and Eastern Mediterranean spaces may be considered as a community of taste where material culture was a shared legacy. Beside mosque-lamps, also fabrics, jewelry, books and other luxury items were commissioned by members of the Ottoman court or by the high provincial bureaucracy to Venetian merchants or to the diplomatic representatives of the Serenissima. Until the end of the 16th century, Venetian guilds were the place where Ottoman desires materialized into manufactured items. The conference will be organized and edited by Dr. Sema Postacioglu.
Organized by: Palazzo Contarini Polignac with Dr. Sema Postacioglu