Goblet

Italian (Venice)
17th century


Object Place: Europe, Italy

Dimensions

15.2 cm (6 in.)

Accession Number

03.545

Medium or Technique

Glass

On View

Italian Renaissance Gallery (Gallery 219.4)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Glass

Lower part of bowl ribbed with projecting points; three loops with blue rings.


Taste, smell, sight, hearing, and touch-all the senses come together in the famous glassware of Venice. The taste and smell of a liquid like red wine was enhanced by the broad bowl; the color of the wine was seen through the clear or colored glass, which was blown or molded into elegant shapes; the experience was sometimes accompanied even by the sound of the tinkling of little rings-like the blue ones on one of these goblets-as the glass was raised to the lips.

Credit Line

Bequest of George Washington Wales