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Description - Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion by Patricia C. Pongracz

Louis Comfort Tiffany And The Art Of Devotion focuses on the vast assortment of church decorations and memorials produced by Louis C. Tiffany (1848-1933) and the Tiffany Studios. For over half a century, Tiffany oversaw the production and marketing of a multitude of decorative elements for many of America's leading congregations Protestant, Catholic and Jewish. Although an important part of the ecclesiastical business consisted of the vibrantly coloured lead-glass windows most famously associated with his name, Tiffany was interested in the bigger picture and employed designers, draftsmen, and craftspeople to produce a complete interior design including mosaics, windows, floors, lighting, furniture, altarpieces, pulpits, candlesticks, headstones and mausolea, vestments and jewellery. Works in all media including marble, glass, wood, metal and fabric, could be bought "off the shelf" or as special commissions designed for a particular patron. This beautifully illustrated volume includes preliminary designs, cartoons, watercolour sketches and archival photographs of these windows, interiors and pieces of ecclesiastic furniture, many never published before. Many of these are the only surviving remnants of buildings which have since been demolished. The authors consider the reasons for the success of the Tiffany Studios' Ecclesiastical Department: Tiffany's skilful advertising, the quality and variety of the Studios' work and the boom in church building in the U.S. in the late nineteenth century. Tiffany promoted his designs to the public and potential clients through a variety of marketing techniques showroom displays, sales catalogues, press releases, luxurious illustrated pamphlets, and installations made for national and international expositions. He was so successful that high-quality church and memorial designs became synonymous with the Tiffany Studios brand. ILLUSTRATIONS: 125 colour *

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781907804021
ISBN-10: 1907804021
Format: Hardback
(279mm x 241mm x 0mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: D Giles Ltd
Publisher: D Giles Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Patricia C. Pongracz

Elka Deitsch is the senior curator, Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica, Temple Emanu-El in New York City. Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen is Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Lindsy Parrott currently serves as the director/curator at The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York. She is the co-author with Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen of 'Louis Comfort Tiffany: Nature by Design' (2009). Patricia C. Pongracz is the director of curatorial affairs at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) New York. Elizabeth De Rosa teaches at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Program, and curated the exhibition 'Tiffany: Behind the Glass' (2001) at the Neustadt Collection, New York. Jennifer Perry Thalheimer is curator and collection manager at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, Florida. Peter W. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion and American Studies, Department of Comparative Religion, Miami University, and co-editor of 'Encyclopedia of Religion in America' (2010). Diane C. Wright is a senior fellow in the American Decorative Arts Department at the Yale University Art Gallery. She is the author of numerous research papers on Tiffany Studios.

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