"Spectacles Fit for a Doge": Sunglasses in Venice!
An exhibition to discover 18th-century Murano Glass sunglasses.
It is precisely thanks to the superb craftsmanship of the master glassmakers, that these accessories for style, but also for protection against the sun's harmful rays, were developed for the first time for Venetian aristocracy. The tradition of innovation in style accessories still continues today after centuries, with the production of Murano Glass jewellery.
The green colour of the lenses, conjured by the island's glassmakers in the bright hues of grass green, sea green and emerald green, wasn't simply a fashion statement, but had a key functional role: it has been later discovered that this colour serves as a powerful filter for UV rays, which are damaging to eye and skin health. How better to protect oneself, than with a trendy accessory -- thanks to Murano Glass, it became a true innovative jewel!
These sunglasses soon became widespread among Venetian high society: of the over fifty pieces on exhibit, one was almost certainly owned and used by Doge Alvise IV Giovanni Mocenigo. We can still savour the luxury and style of the golden age of Venice: a piece of Murano Glass jewellery will certainly bring the atmosphere of this magical city to your outfits every day!
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