Art: Revival in Venice

For four centuries, the glassmakers of Venice were the greatest in the world. None could match the airy grace of their filigrees, the clarity of their plain glass, or the richness of their painted colors. But runaways spread the Venetian art to the ends of Europe,* and Venice became a dull backwater producing dull imitations of the great old days. Last week the news from Venice was of a new Renaissance.

At the Venice Biennale art show, a pavilion was set aside for glass, and in it were the works of the city's modern glassmakers....

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