Saturday, August 27, 2016

Beauty for the Soul at the Morse Museum

I love art, and I love art museums. So does my youngest daughter, who is 11. We often make the rounds of six of the local ones: Orlando Museum of Art, Morse Museum, Albin Polasek Museum, Maitland Art Center, Mennello Museum of American Art, and the Cornell.

My daughter and I took an impromptu visit to one of our favorites, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art on Park Avenue in Winter Park.

The museum has the largest collection of works by stained glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany and his associates.

 ~ cloisonne panel ~ 

"Still Life, Fruit, and Dishes"

by Gottfried Schultz

~ 1903, Carl Schmidt ~

Lady's writing desk


by Emile Charles Martin Gallé

The chapel is my favorite spot. Originally assembled in Chicago for the 1893 World's Fair, it was moved in 1898 to the basement of St. John's Divine cathedral in New York City. Noting its disrepair, Tiffany bought it back and moved it to his Laurelton Hall estate, where it remained until 1949. Many parts of it were sold off over the years, and what remained was badly damaged by fire in 1957. Over a period of decades, Hugh and Jeanette McKean of Winter Park lovingly salvaged what was left, and then located and purchased pieces that had been sold. The restored collection was reassembled in the Morse Museum in 1999. I am so thankful. The story brings me to tears. The chapel is stunning and reverent. See for yourself.

Christ Blessing the Evangelists

The rest of the Laurelton Hall exhibit is also quite beautiful. The Daffodil Terrace has been reassembled here in the museum.

Look up! The detail in the ceiling is exquisite.

In the Laurelton Hall dining room exhibit, we find the same motifs from floor to ceiling.

I get such a feeling of serenity here. I love the beauty.

So does my eleven year old daughter, who wanted to express her appreciation.


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