The school of lace in Burano.

The school of lace in Burano.

The exhibition aims to recount the birth, development, decline and rebirth of the fantastic Burano Lace School.

Enlightened aristocracy and politics, under the patronage of Margherita di Savoia, at the end of the 1800s developed a project for the revival of Venetian lace with the opening of schools: the first in Burano in 1872, recovered an elderly surviving teacher, Cencia Scarpariola, then others in Venice, in the Litorale, on the mainland.
The decorations were taken from the repertoire of the past: all the stylistic typologies were reproduced, often with a technical precision superior to the original ones, but the iconographic renewals inspired by Art Nouveau and Déco remained modest. The activity continued for decades thanks to generous royal commissions and the Marcello family's funding, but the changing trends and the diminished general financial availability, distorted by the great war, the tendency to persist on iconographic models of the past, the very high cost of made in keeping with the industrial product, the competition of the numerous other centers that had sprung up in Italy made every effort possible.
From Thursday, March 1, 2018 to Sunday, May 27, 2018