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Tiffany Stained Glass Window at the Met

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Leaves for fall. Groundbreaking. 🍂 ⁣ ⁣ ...Er, but actually, this window kinda was! This autumnal scene was the pinnacle of glasswork technique at Tiffany Studios. No paint was used to add detail—rather, the modeling, texture, and form were created solely with glass, and the variegated surface was made by wrinkling glass in its molten state. 🍁✨ Different color effects were achieved by embedding tiny, confetti-like flakes of glass in the surface. Plating—the superimposition of several layers of glass on the back of the window—added depth. ⁣ ⁣ See the full-size window in all its autumn glory on view in the @metamericanwing. #FirstDayofFall⁣ ⁣ 🎨 Tiffany Studios (1902–32). Attributed to Agnes F. Northrop (American, 1857–1953). Autumn Landscape, 1923–24. Leaded Favrile glass. On view in Gallery 700. #TheMet

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What's better than a beautifully designed stained glass window?

One that was designed by Tiffany Studios. Made in 1923-24, this stained glass is an American 20th-century approach to a very traditional European genre of art. Throughout Europe, stained glass windows cover the most luxurious churches & palaces and usually depict religious scenes such as the birth of Jesus. When Tiffany took on the challenge of designing these windows they wanted to represent America and put an American spin on this idea.

Like Dutch landscape painters breaking away from traditional religious painting, the designers at Tiffany Studios the idea of America and expressed it in the wild nature, vivid colors, and beautiful scenery of this window. It's amazing how the many different panels & colors all beautifully blend together.

-Kevin Tung

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