Pordenone - Italy
After graduating in architecture, Michelangelo Serena dedicated himself to the innovative potential of the prestigious filigree technique, invented by his ancestors in the XVI century in Murano. With this idea in mind, and the desire to create a new dimension of Italian excellence, he founded Serena Luxury Mosaic in 2015, whose collections combine for the first time Murano mouth-blown glass, gold foil, and artistic mosaic. Today he designs, crafts, and exhibits his unique lamps and art pieces for home décor in museums, luxury hotels, and international fairs.
In 1517 the Council of Ten from the Republic of Venice gave Filippo de Catani, who came to Musano decades before, the authorisation to open his own glass factory with its sign "a la Serena", which later lent its name to the family of glass masters. Having a great experience in the creation of "smalti de ogni sorte et cossií de musaichi" ("glazes and mosaics of every kind"), he found the way to reproduce the colours green and yellow of those glazes, and discovered how to create an ornament "lustrato al foco et fatto di vedro durissimo" ("polished with the fire and made by resistant glass").
The Serena family, supplier of the Italian royal families, is one of the first three families that contribute to increase the fame of the island of Murano worldwide. In 1527 Filippo and his brother Bernardo Serena invented a particular manufacturing technique and obtain the exclusivity on the production for ten years. The technique is the decorative artifice "a facete con retortoli a fil", later known as filigrees, one of the most fascinating creations of Reinassance.
In 1605 the Golden Book of Magnificent Community of Murano, book of the nobility of the island, was established and it included eight representatives of the Serena family. Some of them are owners of the furnace "alle Tre Corse d'Oro". Bartolomeo Serena invented the technique that allows to produce the white glass called "lattimo" and in 1638 he was named "Gastaldo of Art". In XVIII century Gian Battista Serena was nominated "Camerlengo" of Murano, and the emblem of the Serena family was engraved on the "oselle", silver coins whose coinage represented the esclusive privilege granted by the Republic of Venice.
In XIX century the Museum of Glass in Murano (1861) was founded, and Angelo Serena designed the majestic chandelier that still hangs nowadays in the centre of the noble hall of the palace. Giovanni Serena was a talented master in the production of filigreed glass, and he realised about two thousand glasses for the wedding of Queen Victoria of England. In 1895 he was awarded a silver medal with honours at the exhibition of artistic glass in Murano.
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