Eternal Light

GBP £18.95



ISBN: 978-1-911282-46-4

82 Pages with 2 gatefolds

305 x 229 mm (9 x 12 in)

45 colour illustrations

In association with the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago

September 2019


The first volume to focus exclusively on Tiffany’s celebrated ecclesiastical windows.

Artistry of Tiffany Stained Glass Windows Shines Through In New Exhibit

Tiffany windows seem to be timeless, drawing admirers more than 100 years after their creation. What’s the enduring Tiffany allure?

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Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the Tiffany Studios he founded, are internationally famous today for their inventive, intricate, and vibrantly coloured leaded glass work. Ecclesiastical commissions made up the majority of Tiffany’s work, and his innovative application of opalescent glass to windows radically transformed the interiors of religious institutions in America. Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained- Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany focuses on ten of the most significant religious windows produced by Tiffany Studios between 1880 and 1925, and the important collection of Tiffany works at The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

Tiffany’s masterpieces tell stories of American entrepreneurship, of places of worship, and of evolving relationships to religion. This volume not only focuses on the beautiful and exceptionally crafted objects in the collection, but it also delves into the ideas and stories, including the progressive technologies, designers, and patrons behind the windows. As well as comparative details there are two special gate-fold inserts which highlight two of the windows – Christ and the Apostles, 1890 and Ecclesiastical Angels, 1905.

About the Authors

Catherine Shotick is the curator of collections and exhibitions at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

Elizabeth De Rosa taught at the Cooper-Hewitt/Parsons MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design.

Richard P. Townsend is the director of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

Rolf Achilles is an independent art historian.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword by Richard P. Townsend
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Richard H. Driehaus, Collector of Tiffany: An Appreciation by Rolf Achilles
  4. Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Modern Religious Windows by Elizabeth De Rosa
  5. Catalogue by Catherine Shotick
  6. Tiffany’s Process: The Making of a Stained-Glass Window
  7. Tiffany and the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893
  8. The Windows
  9. Photography Credits
  10. Index