See more Tiffany glass at the Cincinnati Art Museum’s display through August 31, 2017.
Louis Comfort Tiffany studied under George Inness, who was a Swedenborgian. In the Book, “Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall: An Artist’s Country Estate” by Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Elizabeth Hutchinson, the authors state,
“At the turn of the twentieth century many Americans, from the Harvard psychologist and philosopher William James (1842-1910) to popular writers, were also fascinated by mysticism, spiritualism…in The Art Work Tiffany quoted approvingly the views of Swedenborgian George Innes (1825-1894). Inness, with whom Tiffany had trained as a painter from 1863 to 1865, had passed on to him the ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg, the Swedish philosopher and religious writer.
‘When in the presence of nature,’ Inness had said, the artist ‘is in process of his own spiritual development’…Inness argued that God existed in nature and that ‘the true artistic impulse is divine.’ “
See how seven Tiffany Angel Windows, originally a gift of the Glendale New Church to the former downtown Cincinnati Swedenborgian church (razed for eminent domain prior to the construction of Rt. 71) came to be found and restored and are now a traveling display. Angels were also featured in Tiffany windows found elsewhere in Cincinnati in 1900.