July 12, 2012

"Stained Glass Mavericks" by Rolf Achilles


Ecclesiastical Angels, ca. 1890. Tiffany Studios (American, 1902-1932). Favrile glass. Exhibited in the Richard H. Driehaus Stained Glass Collection at Navy Pier.

“Today, the most famous name in American stained glass is Louis Comfort Tiffany. It was not always so. At the end of the nineteenth century, many other American stained glass studios, artists and craftsmen—several of them based in Chicago—had developed a revolutionary approach to stained glass: no paint.”

Rolf Achilles’s July 3 article, “Stained Glass Mavericks” (which includes a wonderful little map to the remarkable stained glass relics that can still be viewed in Chicago’s Loop and beyond—including the Driehaus Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, the Art Institute’s reconstruction of the Chicago Stock Exchange, and various churches), can be found over on Vintage and Modern’s DESIGNinTELL. Achilles is an art historian here in Chicago and curator of the Smith Museum of Stained Glass at Navy Pier.

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