John La Farge / Window (Persian Arabesque) / about 1882John La Farge
Window (Persian Arabesque)
about 1882

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Creator Name: La Farge, John
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1835 - 1910
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: John La Farge
Title: Window (Persian Arabesque)
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1880
Creation End Date: 1884
Creation Date: about 1882
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Stained Glass
Materials and Techniques: Stained glass
Dimensions: H.50-1/4 x W.34 x D.2-1/8 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 88.57
Credit Line: Gift of anonymous St.Paul friends

This window is one of three designed by the painter and stained glass designer and manufacturer John LaFarge for the second home of the railroad baron James J. Hill at Ninth and Canada streets in St. Paul bewteen 1879-82. These windows were installed in the dining room of the house until it was razed in 1892. About ten years later, two of the windows were installed in the dining room of James J. Hill's son Louis's house at 260 Summit Avenue in St. Paul where they remain in situ. The third window was donated to the Institute in 1988.

La Farge was a great innovator in the making of modern stained glass, introducing the use of opalescent glass. This milky and translucent glass contained opaque particles which scattered light creating areas of varying transparency and when combined with the jewel-like colors of red, blue and green glass created a dazzling effect.

AMICA ID: MIA_.88.57
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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