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Gallery Talk: The Accidental History of Iridescence

August 22, 2017
Meet in Griffin Court
Free with museum admission

Louis Comfort Tiffany was inspired to create iridescent art glass after he wondered how the ancient Romans had obtained such a colorful effect on their vessels. Learn what Tiffany discovered about the art of iridescence on this tour of ancient and not-so-ancient past techniques.

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Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, American, 1894-1902 or Tiffany Studios, American, 1902-1932. Jack-in-the-Pulpit Vase, 1900/12. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Irving T. Kean in memory of Emily Kean and Frank Carland.