Museums in Perugia: Museo-Laboratorio di Vetrate Artistiche Moretti Caselli - The glass painting museum
The museum is situated right in the historical town center of Perugia, underneath the Giardini Carducci public gardens.
It is only accessible by booking a private tour so you need to call beforehand.
Maddalena Forenza, a charming young lady, and her mother Anna Matilde Falsettini will give you a warm welcome.
The studio for stained glass works is in the hands of their family since 1862. Francesco Moretti set up a fully-equipped workshop in the former convent of San Domenico in Perugia. In 1895 it was relocated to the medieval palazzo in Via Fatebenefratelli where it remains to this day.
The tour showcases the private apartment and work space of five generations of glass painters. It feels like stepping back in time and yet it is a still fully functioning workshop for glass painting.
The Studio has a historical collection of traditional machinery and tools and Maddalena will show you how she is working on the restoration of a medieval glass window from a church nearby.
You can see the love she and her family put in every detail, from the furniture to the utensils used since the 19th century. She explains the process of antique glass painting and assembling of the coloured glass windows, just like their ancestors did in the past.
The showpiece of the exhibition is a huge portrait of Queen Margherita of Savoy which had been commissioned, but never consigned due to the assassination of King Umberto I in 1900.
When the afternoon light falls through the museum's large windows, the picture magically lights up and the queen looks so lifelike as if she could step out of the picture at any moment. You can almost hear the rustling of the precious silk of her sky-blue dress.
The largest glass painting ever made in the workshop is a copy of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper. Its production lasted six years from 1925 to 1931. Since the first version partially broke, a second picture had to be made, which is still to be seen in the cemetery church of Glendale in Los Angeles, California. The partially broken first image, however, has been repaired and can now be admired in the museum.
For more information about the Museo-Laboratorio di Vetrate Artistiche Moretti Caselli please visit http://www.studiomoretticaselli.it/?lang=en/
Daily by appointment (Sundays and holidays included).
T. 0039 340 776 55 94.
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. without appointment (closing starts from 12:30).
A contribution will be gratefully received for the maintenance of the Museum.
Text: Aurora Sandt