In the atelier of the Vetrate d’Arte Giuliani, the knowledgeable hands of craftsmen make glass with the same grace of musicians playing their instruments. Their flowing movements recall the words of Wassily Kandinsky, stunned by what he felt as he created one of his paintings: “It appeared to me that the live soul of colors was producing a musical call”.
For over one hundred years, precisely since 1900, this synesthetic spell renews itself day after day in the workshop in the Trastevere district of Rome, where many famous artists of the 20th and 21st century have come, and continue to come, to create their works of art, or to put them in the safe hands of the studio’s specialists.
A prism of music of every color escapes the workshop, immediately finding new homes all around the world. It echoes in cathedrals, churches, mosques and palaces in every continent – in Australia, the United States, Argentina, Saudi Arabia – with the hues and chromatic allure invoked by glass and light.
Rome itself of course is not deaf to this beauty. The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, Pauline Chapel, and Borgia Apartment have all listened to this music; and so has the House of the Owls in Villa Torlonia’s park, which the Vetreria decorated in 1920 – and has been recently called to restore to its original whimsy.
And so the “musicians” in the Vetreria continue their performances around the world, and hopefully will never stop playing their song of beauty and color.