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Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion

The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBiA), New York, NY
October 12, 2012 – January 20, 2013

Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion is the first exhibition to focus solely on the extraordinary array of church decoration and memorials produced by Louis C. Tiffany (1848-1933) and his studios.

Mosaic Shop 228x188For 50 years, Tiffany oversaw the production and marketing of a vast assortment of decorative elements for many of America’s leading congregations—Protestant, Catholic and Jewish. Tiffany employed designers, draftsmen, and craftspeople who produced decorative wall treatments, mosaic floors, lighting, furniture, altarpieces, pulpits, candlesticks, liturgical vestments, and funerary memorials. Works in many media—marble, glass, wood, metal, and fabric—could be had “off the rack” with minimal personalization or as one-of-a-kind commissions, designed exclusively for a particular patron.

The success of Tiffany’s vision—measured in part by his prodigious output through his long career—was due not only to the quality and variety of the work, but to his ambitious advertising campaigns. Through a combination of showroom displays, sales catalogues, press releases, luxurious illustrated pamphlets, and installations made for national and international expositions, Tiffany ably marketed his designs to the public and clients alike. Through these various outlets, high-quality church and memorial designs became synonymous with his signature brand, Tiffany Studios.

Window1 228x227Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion considers the breadth and depth of the firm’s oeuvre, and the place Tiffany Studios created for itself in American religious art. Featuring the leaded-glass windows most often associated with Tiffany, as well as mosaics, liturgical objects, watercolor sketches of windows, interiors and ecclesiastic furniture, the exhibition shows how Tiffany continued the grand tradition of religious art, transforming it to suit an American audience.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog published by D. Giles LTD of London.

Read the full press release here.

Read coverage in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Daily News, and the Huffington Post.

The Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion exhibition and catalogue was honored by the Victorian Society New York for exceptional work in contributing to the understanding, appreciation and preservation of 19th–century heritage in the New York City area. Read the press release here.


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