Liliana Leopardi, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history, will present a lecture titled “The Preciousness of Fragility: Secrets of Renaissance Venetian Glass” at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana this Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. (preceded by a reception at 1:30 p.m.).
She will present a visually stunning overview of Venetian glass. During the Renaissance, glassmaking was of such importance to the Most Serene Republic that its secrets were protected by imposing heavy fines and imprisonment on those who dared breach the laws. Dr. Leopardi will focus on the invention of crystal, the quest to produce glass in imitation of precious materials, and the magical properties that crystal was believed to have, such as the ability to repel poison. The lecture, sponsored by the Italian Cultural Arts Council, will take place in the Bowers’ Douglas Kershaw Auditorium, and admission is $10. For more information, call 714-567-3677 or email
. The Bowers Musuem is located at 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana. Parking at the museum is $2.