Pretiosa Vitrea - The Art of Glass Manufacturing in the Museums and Private Collections of Tuscany Fabrizio Paolucci, Giandomenico De Tommaso

Paperback / softback
Publication date:
12 Jan 2018
Five Continents Editions
176 pages: 250 x 150 x 15mm

Pretiosa Vitrea, whose title is inspired by the Latin definition of glass given by Gaius Petronius in the Satyricon written in the late 1st century AD, emphasises the heritage of glass manufacturing through the showcase of artefacts currently housed in the state museums of Tuscany and in important private collections within the region. The quality of these one hundred works is comparable in excellence to the artefacts that can be found in the most renowned international museums. The book brings together relevant archaeological finds of Roman glass manufacturing in Tuscany, such as the glass cameo from Torrita di Siena or the chrysography of Arezzo. Alongside these exclusive glass products, the book showcases a wide variety of finds to illustrate the evolution of mass production techniques, from the use of moulds to the discovery of the glass blowing technique in the middle of the 1st century BC, which soon showed clear advantages compared to traditional ceramic production in terms of lower cost and maintaining the taste of foods and liquids.

Giandomenico De Tommaso is Adjunct Professor of Greek and Roman Archaeology and|History at the University of Florence and Assistant Professor in the SAGAS department at the|same university. His interests range from glassmaking's many aspects to the problems|associated with Greek and Roman pottery and the topography of Athens.||Fabrizio Paolucci is the curator of the classical art collection at the Uffizi Gallery. His field of|research ranges from fine glass produced in late antiquity to historical collections of antiquities|and topics linked to marble colouring in the Roman world.