Lightner Museum is thrilled to announce the opening of Illuminate: Lightner Museum’s Stained Glass Rediscovered. Thanks to a generous donation from Inez McDonald, along with additional donations by the Treasury Venue Collection and the St. Augustine Historic Inns, fifteen stained glass windows from the collection of Otto Lightner have been restored.
Stained glass has been around for centuries, possibly dating back to the ancient Romans, as a craft that plays with color and light. The term “stained glass” means glass that goes through a manufacturing process where it is colored by metallic oxides. When different colors are added, the artists are able to manipulate them. Once cooled, the pieces of glass are held together by materials such as lead and stone, ultimately becoming spectacular works of art.
While some of the windows in this collection were made by Tiffany Studios, this display brings to light lesser-known manufacturers that worked synonymously with Tiffany during the late 1880s such as Willet Stained Glass and Rudy Brothers Glass Studio, both from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The display focuses on portraiture, mythology and Art Nouveau, the theme at the forefront of stained glass in the early 1890s.