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Technique and Technology: Reproducing Roman Glass in the 19th Century (lecture)

Date: Saturday, January 12, 2008
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Free; a ticket is required.

Many Roman glass vessels were discovered in the Rhine River region of Germany in the 1700s and 1800s, inspiring local glassmakers to study and re-create the remarkable new finds. The Rheinische Glashütten A.G. in Ehrenfeld, near Cologne, was especially prolific, marketing replicas of ancient glass both as individual pieces and as sets for household use. Their glassmakers produced vessels of remarkable artistry such as the pitcher-within-a-pitcher shown at right, one of many stunning works of glass art featured in the exhibition Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome.

Discover the beauty of German 19th-century glass creations and learn what inspired glass artists to reproduce ancient vessels in this lecture by Michael Klein and Dunja Zobel-Klein, historians of glass and curators at the Landesmuseum Mainz in Germany. They compare modern reproductions with ancient models and explain how modern artisans were able to recreate Roman glassmaking techniques with such remarkable skill.

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Reproduction double pitcher

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