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Adoration of the Magi

Artist:
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Date:
ca. 1915–16
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, pen and ink, and graphite on pebble finish matt board in original decorated matt with shaped tracery window openings
Dimensions:
Overall: 21 3/8 x 30 1/4 in. (54.3 x 76.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter Hoving and Julia T. Weld Gifts and Dodge Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.654.319
Not on view
In 1916 Tiffany Studios completely redecorated the interior of the historic Christ Church of Brooklyn, built by the renowned architect and parishioner Richard Upjohn. This drawing of the wall behind the altar features Tiffany’s “Adoration of the Magi” window framed by decorative mosaic work depicting saints in elaborate Gothic niches. These figures posed unique challenges for the mosaicist, who had to select and shape countless tiny pieces of glass to achieve the desired effects of shading and volume. The drawing is remarkable for its construction, which suggests the three-dimensionality of the inset windows. The mosaic and the patterned wall are painted on a board that is cut away in the shape of the windows, revealing the design for the “Adoration of the Magi” below.
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