If you admire Tiffany lamps and chandeliers, visit this museum to see the most comprehensive collection of works by the designer behind them.
In homes and museums you may have seen reproductions of items designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany; at the Morse Museum of American Art in Central Florida’s Winter Park you can see the real thing. View works created by the American artist and designer whose mission throughout his life, which spanned the 19th and 20th centuries, was “the pursuit of beauty.”
Noted mostly for his creations in glass, Tiffany used forms from nature to inspire his designs, which were also influenced by art from China, Japan, India, Egypt, Europe and the Middle East. He became a prominent figure in the art nouveau movement. His stained-glass windows are located at many prominent learning institutions such as Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Columbia. Tour the museum’s extensive works, the world’s most comprehensive collection from this designer and artist born in New York City.
Included in the collection of stained-glass windows and lamps are jewelry and pottery. Admire his design of a chapel’s stained-glass interior that went on display at the Chicago World Exposition, bringing his style and creativity to international acclaim.
Many personal pieces from his estate in Long Island, New York, including paintings and furniture, are also on display. Tiffany’s creativity put him in demand not just for glass items, but also as a designer for entire estates, including landscaping. The collection also features items from Carl Fabergé, René Lalique, Émile Gallé and others.
The diversity of Tiffany’s creations is fully represented at the museum, with each item having a description. Guided and self-guided tours are available. Understand the continuing impact this creative individual has had on the art world by visiting the museum.
The Morse Museum of American Art and its well-stocked museum shop in downtown Winter Park on North Park Avenue. An admission fee is charged, with children under 12 years old allowed free entrance. From November to April the admission fee is waived on Friday evenings. The museum is closed on Mondays and holidays. Street parking is available.