As heir to Charles Lewis Tiffany’s jewelry and silver firm, Tiffany and Co., Louis Comfort Tiffany was literally born with a silver spoon in his mouth. However, he used this charmed life to create some of the most beautiful stained glass the world has ever known. And, it just so happens the most comprehensive collection is in Winter Park, Florida at the Morse Museum.
About an hour and forty-five minutes from downtown Tampa, the Morse Museum documents the work and career of Tiffany, one of the most prolific and important decorative artists.
Foremost, Tiffany expanded the techniques of glassmaking thanks to his love of chemistry. He experimented with opalescent, marbleized and confetti-type glass along with abstract brushstroke designs. As he progressed, Tiffany revolutionized glassmaking allowing for rich hues and densities giving windows and lamps pictorial qualities the world had never seen before.
Louis Comfort Tiffany & The Morse Museum’s Collection
The Morse Museum (originally located on the campus of Rollins College) was founded by Jeannette Genius McKean in 1942, dedicated to her grandfather Charles Hosmer Morse, and in 1955 McKean and her husband, Hugh, organized the first exhibitions of the artist.
In 1957, the McKean learned Louis Comfort Tiffany’s estate had burned down and the couple decided to buy all the artistic remains in hopes of salvaging their beauty. Among these acquisitions were parts of Tiffany’s 1893 chapel for the World’s Columbian Exposition, which is a must-see.
Besides the Tiffany collection, the Morse Museum also has important works from Paul Cezanne, Edward Hopper and other notable artists.
You can visit the Morse Museum at 445 North Park Avenue in Winter Park, Florida. Click here to check the hours and prices before your visit.