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The museum display inside this glass area had art that would have been outdoors.
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Charles Morse Museum of American Art

445 North Park Avenue Winter Park, Florida 32789
Open 9:30–4:00 Tue.-Sat. (later on Friday, Nov.-Apr.) Sun. 1-4, closed Mon.
407-645-5311 3 hours
January 2013 All year
$0-9 Winter Park Florida
Website Educational Art Museums
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The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art showcases the glass and decorative art of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The collection also includes pottery, paintings and graphics art from other American artists from the late 1800s through the early 1900s. The museum wings display distinct types of art. Photos are not permitted, but the museum website has some images of the art.

The museum was developed by Jeannette Genius McKean and her husband Hugh McKean. It was named after Jeannette’s grandfather who was a wealthy industrialist and committed philanthropist. Hugh McKean had been an art student at an institute that Tiffany created. A foundation that Tiffany set up to manage his art and estate after his death unfortunately failed to adequately safeguard the collection and much was lost from neglect and a fire. A Tiffany relative later contacted McKean to help save what was left, and it was brought to Florida.

The work that Tiffany and his artisans produced is not just beautiful, it’s iconic. It’s rare for any artist in any medium to achieve such success that a style becomes synonymous with that person. Tiffany reached such a pinnacle. The Tiffany Chapel, which debuted at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, is so stunning that it generated reverential silence at the time and still does so today. Other examples of his glass and design work are presented as they might have appeared in his estate and commissions. While the art is impressive, it’s just a fraction of what once existed so one has to use some imagination to envision how it originally appeared. In addition to the Tiffany art, there is a significant pottery collection and also some paintings by well known artists such as Paul Cézanne and John Singer Sargent. The museum provides literature in most rooms to explain the art, and curator tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you have a few hours when in the area and want to see excellent Tiffany art, a visit is time well spent.
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