Southern Europe, Italian, Venice
52 in. x 12 in. x 6 in. (132.08 cm x 30.48 cm x 15.24 cm)
Medium and Support:
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase with funds provided by Anonymous Donor, Collectors Society, Art Acquisitions Fund, and Decorative Arts Endowment Fund
Currently On View
"Dinosaur" is one of a series that Taglipietra developed around 2001, and a shape that he continued to produce over time. The shape is perhaps the most attenuated and spontaneously free-formed of all of his blown shapes; the inspiration for which comes from the lagoons of Tagliapietra’s Venetian home. The museum’s sculptural vessel has many of the characteristics that have come to identify Tagliapietra’s masterworks, including selective interventions of caned glass filament and precise cold-worked textures designed to enhance the form. The neck and mouth of the piece also have what appears to be a more intricate, biomorphic silhouette; found more commonly in his 2005/2006 work with this shape. Tagliapietra’s work is unique in the realm of studio glass because of his ability to fuse traditional Venetian hand-blown and cold-worked techniques with a modern aesthetic that takes into account ever-stretching boundaries of glass as both functional and sculptural.