– Archetypes and Visions in Light and Glass

With contributions by Rosa Barovier Mentasti | Pearl Chou | Maricruz
Patiño | William Warmus et al.
256 pages, 24 x 30 cm, 355 colour illustrations
Hardback with dust jacket
ISBN 978-3-89790-378-4
€ 68 [D] | US$ 115 | £ 60

A Symbiosis of Glass, Architecture and Painting
Narcissus Quagliata is considered one of the most significant contemporary artists in glass. He has defined a new pathway for the art of glass and is best known for his spectacular artworks in public spaces, which have drawn worldwide attention. The Dome of Light: Wind, Fire, and Time is the largest illuminated glass dome in the world. It is situated in the Central Station of the newly built Kaohsiung Rapid Transit metro system and is a landmark that has now become a tourist destination in Southern Taiwan.
His captivating glass dome Divinity in Light for the rotunda of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, built by Michelangelo on the Roman ruins of the Baths of Diocletian in Rome, is well-known for the use of light within the space to make manifest the movement and alignment of celestial bodies.
His fine artworks in glass and his watercolours of the Archetypes and Mediterranean Treasures series have been collected worldwide in museums and private collections.

Posted 7 October 2013

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New Light in a Classical Space
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A Brief Essay on Light
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Neil Hassall
A Personal Statement
Narcissus Quagliata

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A comprehensive overview of works with contributions by internationally renowned authors as well as 355 brilliant colour illustrations of Narcissus Quagliata’s oeuvre result in a perfect symbiosis of glass art, architecture, and painting.

Narcissus Quagliata (b. 1942) was guided towards painting as a young boy through his encounter with and the subsequent informal instruction from Giorgio de Chirico. He completed his studies in fine art at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Very early on he discovered that the unique relationship of glass to light was a suitable medium with which to express himself and so began his voyage of exploration, combining painting with light. His passionate curiosity about the very nature of the material led to a decade of collaboration with the Bullseye Glass Company, developing new materials and the groundbreaking methods with which they could be utilized.
The themes of his works are the beauty of light, the presentation of time, and the exploration of the human figure.

With his original glassworks and spectacular watercolours, he creates his own artistic vocabulary, evoking human archetypes invaded by fire, sea, stars, wind, and emptiness. His best known public artworks are Wind, Fire, and Time in Kaohsiung Taiwan, a thirty-meter-diameter glass dome, a rich narrative of the human experience bathed in light, today a landmark on the island; and Divinity in Light, a glass dome that sheds new light on the rotunda of the famous basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome, the last architectural work by Michelangelo.

This project is internationally recognized for its unique blend of art and science, with advanced optical lenses in the artwork bringing the sun and its eclipses into the basilica.
His exquisite glass artworks and watercolours are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, the Oakland Museum of California, the De Young Museum of San Francisco, and the Yokohama Museum of Art as well as in the collection of the South East Cultural Foundation in Taiwan, among others.

Rosa Barovier Mentasti is a freelance scholar and curator and is specialized in the field of Venetian and contemporary international glass. She is the author of landmark books on the subject, such as a critical edition of Antonio Neri’s Arte Vetraria, as well as the publications Murano, l’isola dei vetrai and Trasparenze e riflessi: Il vetro italiano nella pittura.
Pearl Chou was born in China, finished her college education in Taiwan, and received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in the United States. She was appointed as the director of the World Trade Center in Baltimore, returned to Taiwan and worked for the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation as the planning director of public art.
Maricruz Patiño is a recognized writer, poet, and essayist and received the national prize for poetry ‘Efraín Huerta’. She has published various books of poetry, such as a collection of Spanish language women poets in the Americas.
Maricruz Patiño is a professor of poetry in the School for Writers in Mexico City and the director of the cultural centre in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.
William Warmus is an independent curator and critic. The art historian is the former curator of The Corning Museum Of Glass, and former editor of Glass magazine. William Warmus is consulting curator to the National Liberty Museum and received the AACG award. He is the author of numerous books and essays, including biographies of Dale Chihuly, Louis C. Tiffany, and René Lalique.

This – as usually – well-made book by Arnoldsche is divided in chapters as The Figure; Wind, Fire, And Time – The Dome of Light; Commissioned works; Divinity in Light – The Dome of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri; The Cosmolightsphere; Technique; Biography, written by the authors mentioned above. By the well-chosen paper, layout and photos the glass and light come out well.
With photos of the process of making, of details of the light effects, the designs and sketches to understand the concepts, the material used like the rondelles, frits, enamels and stringers, bevelled and glazed details, flash fusing glass and testimonials by the different collaborating craftspeople from different glass ateliers complete the book.
A book not to be missed in a library because Quagliata is one of the founding fathers of glass in architecture where space and light are always the leading aspects.
Angela van der Burght

Divinity in Light, 2000
Ovaloid glass dome.
ø 10.5 ft. / ø 3.25 m.
Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, Rome, Italy (view from below)
Photo: Paolo Cipollina

Wind, Fire, and Time – The Dome of Light, 2008
Photo: Genie Chen, Ming Island Design Studio
p. 118f.
Divinity in Light, 2000
Ovaloid glass dome.
ø 10.5 ft. / ø 3.25 m.
Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, Rome, Italy (view from below)
Photo: Paolo Cipollina

Divinity in Light, 2000
Ovaloid glass dome.
ø 10.5 ft. / ø 3.25 m.
Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, Rome, Italy (view from below)
Photo: Paolo Cipollina

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