Saturday, March 8, 2014

Morse Museum featuring Louis Tiffany's Glass Artistry

Called "the most comprehensive and most interesting collection of Tiffany anywhere," the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida, celebrates the glass artistry of Louis Comfort Tiffany, including paintings, jewelry, blown glass, leaded glass, enamels, pottery, mosaics, as well as architectural objects and art from Tiffany's Long Island estate named Laurelton Hall.

It also features the reconstruction of Tiffany's Byzantine-Romanesque chapel interior he created for Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition and later installed in his Laurelton Hall estate.  It has mosaic columns, a marble altar, stained glass, carved arches, scripture above the altar as well as on the risers of the steps, and a lighted, 1000 pound chandelier in the shape of a 3 dimensional cross.  The chapel was not available to the public for over 100 years, until the Morse Museum rescued it from the remains of the burned and abandoned estate and brought it here for repair and display.

Photos are not allowed in the museum, but I found these photos online.  Here's the marvelous Tiffany Chapel...



Here is his "Christ Blessing the Evangelists..."




His estate had an outdoor patio called Daffodil Terrace, which had support columns topped with daffodil capitals made by Tiffany...






Admission is only $5 and for seniors over 60, only $4.  I highly recommend this museum!




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