Spring Lake

Tiffany's Love of Depicting Nature:

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Spring Lake

Attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany 

Spring Lake

ATTRIBUTED TO LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY

  • Types of glass: 1. Opalescent 2. Mottled 3. Striated 4. Nodular

  • No painting

  • 3 to 4 Layers

  • 1912

 

What creates the pervasive sense of peace in this window? It is the stillness, the idyllic setting, and the luminescent quality. The trees provide a frame through which to view the lake and distant mountains. There is abundant ground cover at the base of the trees. A vibrant green is used throughout the window. And although the sun is out of sight, it imbues the sky with a rosy hue. In many memorial windows by Tiffany, God is reflected in the beauty of nature. This scene could also be a vision of the afterlife.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • This is a copper foil window. Copper foil allows the artist to create intricate details that would appear less realistic with the bulky look and weight of lead. Notice in this window how the artist used copper foil to create the delicate design of the small flowers.

  • The artist used large pieces of glass like the one for the water in this window. Because large pieces of glass are hard to cut, they are not seen much in leaded windows.

  • The reinforcing bars are incorporated into the design and penetrate the glass layers to make the window stronger. They are all horizontal so as not to destroy the view. The reinforcing bar at the base of the window is complicated to provide the necessary support.

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Copper foil detail of Spring Lake

Attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany

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Copper foil detail of Spring Lake

Attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany

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Detail of reinforcing bars in Spring Lake

Attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany

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Mottled and opalescent glass detail of Spring Lake

Attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany