Peacocks and Peonies I

  • John La Farge, Peacocks and Peonies I, 1882, stained glass window, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Henry A. La Farge, 1936.12.1

Publication Label

This pair of stained-glass windows by John La Farge reflects the Gilded Age's fascination with medieval art and craftsmanship. These windows were commissioned by Frederick Lothrop Ames, a railroad magnate who had them installed in the vast, opulent hall of his Boston home. For this composition, La Farge borrowed from many cultures: the central panels evoke Chinese and Japanese screens; the lower panels emulate Pompeian architecture; and the transoms recall the tympanum above the door of a Romanesque cathedral.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

Title
Peacocks and Peonies I
Artist
Date
1882
On View
Dimensions
frame: 112 x 51 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (284.5 x 130.3 x 16.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Henry A. La Farge

Mediums
Mediums Description
stained glass window
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bird – peacock
  • Object – flower – peony
Object Number
1936.12.1
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
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