Sunday, April 29, 2012

Glorious Color

Angel of the Resurrection, 1904
Louis Comfort Tiffany
Stained Glass, Lead

The lights in the gallery are lowered so one can better appreciate 
this stained glass window, Angel of the Resurrection, which 
was commissioned by the widow of former 
President Benjamin Harrison after his death in 1901. 
The window was originally installed as a memorial to him in the
First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church, which donated
the window to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1972. 

Wing Detail, Angel of the Resurrection
Tiffany Studios produced the glass used in their remarkable 
windows and lamps. In this window the opalescent colors
give depth and definition to the shapes of the figure, while rippled
glass adds detail to the feathers of the wings.

Detail, Angel of the Resurrection
In recent years, research has revealed 
that many of the artists in Tiffany's glass studios 
were women, headed by Clara Driscoll,
who was director of Tiffany Studios'
Women's Glass Cutting Department.

Ten-Light Lily Lamp, 1902-1915
Design Credited to Mrs. Curtis Freshel.
Produced by Tiffany Studios.
Glass and Bronze


dive said...

Glorious, Speedway!
Having lived for a while with one of Europe's top Tiffany scholars and a formidable stained glass artist in her own right, I learned to love his work.
You're lucky to have a window you can visit locally. There's very little of his large scale work around here, but I went to the massive Tiffany retrospective at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris a couple of years back and was blown away.

Speedway said...

Thank you, Dive. I'm pleased you enjoyed it. While reading a bit about this window, I learned that Tiffany pioneered the use of colored glass in the creation of his windows and lamps, that previously the glass had been painted. I did not know that, thinking that all the glass had been colored with minerals with paint only added for add'l detail (such as the chain mail on the knight). There are photos of a huge stained glass screen/room divider that was done for the White House in 1882. I've never seen pictures of it, so don't think it has survived past 1902. I'm amazed at just how easily people toss aside beautiful work.

I've never seen an episode of "Buffy" and doubt I ever will, especially since you say it's been bowdlerized to kowtow to the easily offended, emotionally corrupt right wing.

dive said...

Come on over; I'm about to watch another episode.

You're right about paint and metal pigments in stained glass. Tiffany's innovation was using all sorts of different methods to make custom sheets of glass specifically for each window or lamp. He liked to use things like fragments of broken glass embedded in glass panels to mimic leaves and flowers and he used texture as well as colour.
Check out the photo mum posted a few days ago of her new Mac. Sitting beside it is a dragonfly lamp I had custom made for her using textured water glass (the deep ripples on the back that you can see if you blow the pic up) and made using a method Tiffany developed for making the glass look blue or green under normal light but when you look through it closely it has filaments of transparent copper and gold flowing through it. That glass was a nightmare to track down and cost a small fortune but it was worth every penny.