So worth the trip: The Morse Museum in Winter Park

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.

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The majestic peacock is often found in the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Two peacocks face each other in this detail of the #glass mosaic reredos from the chapel interior Tiffany designed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Peacocks are ancient symbols of immortality and resurrection; the bird sheds its old feathers every year and grows new ones that are even brighter. Also, according to ancient legend, the flesh of the peacocks does not decay. The "eyes" on the peacock's tail have been equated with the all-seeing eye of God. Tiffany Chapel, reopened to the public in April 1999, is a permanent exhibition at the Morse.⠀#art #design #peacock #louiscomforttiffany #chapel #religion #mosaic #chicago #morsemuseum

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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.

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In 1957, Louis Comfort Tiffany's award-winning 1893 chapel from the World's Columbian Exposition was all but destroyed. Hugh and Jeannette McKean found the legendary interior on Tiffany's Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall, dismantled and in disrepair. On this last day of #MuseumWeek2018, we're showing you the difference between the chapel then and now. The McKeans' commitment to bringing surviving objects to Winter Park and to locating and acquiring the missing elements meant that the chapel could be reassembled in its entirety here at the Morse. We are grateful for their vision. The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation had donated some chapel windows and furnishings to educational and religious institutions in an effort to preserve them. When the chapel opened at the Morse in 1999 after almost three years in conservation, it was the first time it had been open to the public in more than 100 years.⠀ ⠀ #differenceMW #chapel #art #restoration #window #glass #longisland #louiscomforttiffany #morsemuseum

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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.

*Feature images taken from the Morse Museum’s Facebook Page.