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February 18

Louis Comfort Tiffany

Lustrous colors and rich detail are two of the hallmarks of the stained-glass lamps created by Tiffany and the artists who worked with him.

Photo by flickr user Katana Koshirae.

1848: A Glass Act
Louis Comfort Tiffany is born in New York City
Glass is all around us, in everyday common objects like windows, picture frames, and windshields. But Louis Comfort Tiffany saw glass as an artistic medium like no other, with the potential for showcasing deep colors that would be made even more dazzling when the sun shone through the panes.

In his work alone or with his colleagues, Tiffany explored the effects of opalescent glass, which included different hues of the same color, as well as textured glass—glass with ripples, bumps, or other “imperfections” that Tiffany believed to be actual enhancements. He also placed layers of glass atop one another for a richer tone. Using these methods, he created lamps, jewelry, vases, and bowls as well as glass windows.
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