Piero Modolo was born at Santa Lucia di Piave (Treviso) in 1950: son of the painter Bepi Modolo, he studied at the painting department of the historic Istituto d’Arte Pietro Selvatico in Padua.
Restauration and Conservation
Focusing straightaway on what would prove to be his vocation, he began to work in the field of stained-glass in 1968, at a workshop in Verona, learning the rudiments of the craft and developing a deep interest in old and rare techniques.
Here he met expert contemporary craftsmen engaged in the production of series of stained-glass windows, who were to help him greatly to develop his own style and his own skills.
In 1994 he decided to set up his own stained-glass business, opening the Laboratorio Caron Vetrate Artistiche where, in addition to designing windows, he took on the job of their conservation and restoration for the first time. The workshop’s more prominent projects include the analysis and restoration of the stained-glass windows of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, carried out in collaboration with the Department of Chemical Sciences of the University of Padua and with the University of Perugia, and the analysis and restoration of the large 15th-century window designed by Vivarini in the church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice.
The experience of restoration was to become a fixed point in his career, leading him to work in various cities and on different monuments. His workshop at Creazzo, in the province of Vicenza, specializes in the design and execution of objects of high technical and artistic profile in glass. Stained-glass windows mounted in lead, the solutions of a well-established design process cultivated with skilful craftsmanship and experimental decorations on backlit walls of clear glass for interior design. As far as restoration is concerned, he is a consultant to various Italian universities and public and private bodies. The company is also developing a specific project for the ‘protection’ of glass surfaces, for which a patent is pending. Modolo is always happy to welcome visitors to this unique place, home to so much skill and beauty.