Friday, June 3, 2016

Blaschka's stunning 19th-century glass sea creatures on display in New York

Someone sent this to me two weeks ago and I forgot to post it but fortunately I ran across it again this morning: Fragile Legacy is a show at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York featuring the work of Dresden-based father and son glassblowers Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. 

The exhibit showcases 70 of the 577 intricate glass models of marine invertebrates acquired by Cornell University in 1885. The stunning collection "tells the story of the history of the Blaschka family, the interest in marine life and dissemination of knowledge in 19th-century Europe, the techniques and methods of creating these beautiful glass models, and finally, the story of the objects themselves as an art form."

The exhibit runs until January 8, 2017.

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