2020 Scholarship Awarded

For a Research Project on Venetian Lighting and Chandeliers

The sixth residential scholarship dedicated to the study of 20th-century Venetian glass, promoted by the Giorgio Cini Foundation with the contribution of Pentagram Stiftung, has been awarded to the researcher Simona Larghi.

A graduate in History of Art and Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Simona Larghi will carry out a research project entitled “Venetian Lighting and Chandeliers from the Early Beginnings to the Trends in the twentieth century”.

The goal of her work is to examine Venetian chandeliers, from the first experiments to the most commonly used examples. The study will investigate the history of lighting techniques, their influence and the evolution of style and production methods from the eighteenth century to the present day, focussing on the designs preserved in the archives of the Glass Study Centre.

Simona Larghi’s investigation will also identify the Venetian chandeliers, lamps, sconces and suspensions that had a more lasting influence on generations of glassmasters,and those that have proven to be the major drivers in the contemporary market.

During the six-month research period, which will begin as soon as the ongoing containment measures allow it, the new bursary holder will be a guest on the campus of the ‘Vittore Branca’ Centre on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, an ideal place for interdisciplinary dialogue with the scientific community of the Cini Foundation.