Examples from the Pennellate series illustrated in a photograph from the 1950s. (Photograph courtesy of Marino Barovier)
Carlo Scarpa’s tenure at Venini was a tour-de-force of experimental art glass design. Seamlessly integrating essential shape references from classical antiquity and ancient Chinese art with traditional Murano craftsmanship and modernist art conventions, Scarpa created a diverse body of work with lasting influence. Presented at the Biennale of 1942, Pennellate are among the last pieces designed by Scarpa for Venini. Executed in rich colors against a clear background, they seem to reference the brushwork of abstract painting while also paying homage to the Japanese Sumi-e tradition that Scarpa greatly admired.