Napoleone Martinuzzi

Vase in vetro pulegoso, spherical body with crest-like applied toothed morise

Martinuzzi’s pulegosi wares made by Venini were first displayed at the 1928 Venice Bienniale. Two years later, the artist brought them to the International Decorative Arts Exhibition in Monza with the addition of new pieces. The works were exhibited in a single room dressed all in white for the occasion by Architect Brenno Del Giudice expressly to highlight the pulegoso glass and its archaic evocations. Commenting on the Monza exhibition in the pages of Emporium, the critic Renato Pacini wrote: "Magnificent works by Venini, particularly the vases in pulegoso glass where the virtuosity of technique rivals that of the forms."


Marino Barovier, Napoleone Martinuzzi. Venini 1925-1931, Skira, Milan 2013, exhibition catalogue (Venice, Le Stanze del Vetro, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 8th September 2013 - 6th January 2014), page 219.

Napoleone Martinuzzi
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c. 1928-30
33 cm