Studio Moretti Caselli

December 6, 2010 / Local Interest
Perugia, Umbria
One of the best kept secrets in Umbria is hiding in plain sight just steps from the main Corso in Perugia: the enchanting workshop-museum Studio Moretti Caselli (www.studiomoretticaselli.it).

This atelier has been producing hand-painted stained glass windows for cathedrals and monuments worldwide since 1860 and is housed in a 15th century palazzo originally belonging to the once powerful Baglioni family.

The charming Maddalena Forenza Рfifth generation Moretti Caselli family artist Рleads visitors through the historic family archive, laboratory, and two main halls. Here guests can see two of the most precious works produced by the studio on permanent display: a full sized portrait of the Queen Margherita and a copy of Perugino’s Incoronation of the Virgin.

The visit ends in the workrooms of the studio, where the time and effort involved in producing each work come to the fore: from the initial sketches, to the selection, cutting and painting of the glass, to the baking process and finally assembly of the pieces on their lead mountings to create the stained glass window.

The pride this family has for their work, and the passion with which they still talk about both their windows and their history, explains it all. They put their whole hearts into their work, and those hearts are made of stained glass.

This must-see opportunity, a fascinating historical artisan workshop in Umbria, is open to visitors upon appointment. The Studio continues to produce hand painted glass windows and panels, hand etched glass, and Tiffany glass, and also offers day workshops and longer courses in the art of painted and stained glass. (Photos courtesy of Studio Morelli Caselli itself!)

Rebecca Winke

by Rebecca Winke

Owner of Brigolante Apartments, a restored 16th century stone farmhouse / guesthouse in the heart of Umbria near Assisi, and blogger of life in Umbria. For tips and insider information about visiting Umbria, download her Umbria Slow App and see her writings on her personal website!

17 Responses to “Studio Moretti Caselli”

  1. Peggy Corrao

    Never have I seen stained glass art of this caliber! Thank you for this!!
    Buon Natale!

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  2. M.D. Ciletti

    Thank you for this article. A clarification: we refer to the Coronation of Mary(i.e., crowning as the Queen of heaven and earth) and the Incarnation of Jesus. The Moretti Caselli stained glass of the Coronation is awesome. Another beautiful rendering can be found in Rome at the Chiesa S. Maria Sopra Minerva, right near the Pantheon.

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  3. Angela Finch

    This work is really beautiful. Thank you so much for sending us this information. I shall definitely ask my friends to take me to see the Studio Moretti Caselli in Perugia when next in Italy.

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  4. Gian Banchero

    Obviously the Renaissance never ended… The stained glass is to be looked at and appreciated for countless moments, just beautiful. Thank you Rebecca and Studio Moretti Caselli!!!! Now back to again looking at the masterpieces.

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  5. Thomas Troyano

    M.D. Ciletti might take note here that Incoronation and Incarnation are two different terms. Incoronation = A crowning
    Incarnation = Made flesh as in the “Word” or Jesus.

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  6. md ciletti

    Re posting by T.Troyano: Exactly my point, but Incoronation is not commonly used. We celebrate the feast of the Cornation to honor Mary, and the term Incarnation refers to Christ taking on human flesh within Mary, i.e. His conception.

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  7. Taube Ponce

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve never seen such beautiful workmanship that makes stained glass look like a painting. The ripples and texture in Queen Margherita’s dress are captured exactly and fully, not to mention the brocade in the drapery.

    Just one more example of Italian workmanship.

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  8. Lee Sorenson

    Incredibly beautiful. How could more people not have known about this studio? An absolute must on my next visit to Umbria. Thank you, Rebecca!

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  9. Thomas Troyano

    For M. Ciletti:In Italian the verb “incoronare” = to crown & the noun “incoronazione” = coronation. Apparently the Italian translator made a “literal leap” from “incoronazione” to incoronation. The latter is not in the Webster’s Collegiate dictionary so my apologies to M. Ciletti. But I learned something from this little exercise. Thank You!

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  10. M.D. Ciletti

    No need to apologize. The beauty of the art overwhelms the distinctions and speaks for itself.

    Ciao

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  11. Debi Vaninger

    Wow, thanks for the info on this magnificent studio. I will be sure to check this out when I am in Italy next time!

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