Peacocks and Peonies II

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 II
Artist
Date
1882
Location
Dimensions
frame: 11251 146 12 in. (284.5130.316.5 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 Number
1936.12.2
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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