St. Augustine Rouen Goblet

The Verre des Augustins, made in France in the late 14th century and now housed in the Musée Départemental des Antiquités in Rouen, is arguably the most beautiful goblet made in western Europe before the Renaissance. The manner in which it was made—particularly the construction of its stem—was unprecedented in glassblowing history. The making of this remarkable goblet is the subject of this video. Learn more about this object in The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking by William Gudenrath

The Venetian glass industry enjoyed a golden age during the Renaissance. By the early 1500s, the wonders of Venetian glass were well known throughout western Europe. Not well known, however, was how these objects were made. Until now. The result of 30+ years of research by William Gudenrath, The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking – – presents 35 complete reconstructions of Venetian glassmaking techniques through detailed 360˚ photography and high-definition video.

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