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100 Highlights
of the MFAH
Take a tour through some of the most significant objects in the MFAH collections. On these pages, you can browse 100 highlights from collections throughout the institution. Then visit the Museum in person to discover your own favorites.
 
 
 
LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY
American, 1848 - 1933
Manufactured by TIFFANY STUDIOS
New York, 1902 - 1932
A Wooded Landscape in Three Panels
c. 1905
Glass, copper-foil, and lead

86 1/2 x 131 9/16 x 1 3/4 inches

 
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum purchase with funds provided by the
Brown Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund

Arts of North America
 
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This spectacular window is a unified forest scene spanning three panels. Like a living landscape, during the course of a day the scene changes in appearance, responding to the light surrounding it.

A Wooded Landscape is far more complex than most stained-glass windows, which are pieced together in a process similar to solving a jigsaw puzzle. Instead, by layering different textures, thicknesses, and colors of glass on top of each other within the window—just as an artist might layer paint on a canvas—Louis Comfort Tiffany created subtle color combinations that change with variations in light. During his lifetime, it was said that Tiffany “painted” with glass.