The Worship of Wealth: Stained Glass in the Homes of the Rich will be the topic of a talk by stained glass conservator Julie Sloan on Sunday, January 27, at 2 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts. The talk is free with the price of museum admission. Coffee and cookies will be served.
Sloan will show examples of stained glass in late-19th-century luxury homes and will discuss the symbolism behind the color and imagery in window designs. The work of stained glass artists Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge will be featured. Sloan, whose office is in North Adams, Mass., pioneered many of today's standards in stained glass restoration. She directed the five-year project at Harvard University, where the windows of Memorial Hall, commemorating men lost in the Civil War, were restored. Other projects have included Boston's Trinity Church, and Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Chicago. Sloan has taught stained glass restoration for nine years in Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, and to stained glass craftspeople around the country. Her award-winning book, Conservation of Stained Glass in America, is the definitive text on the subject. The lecture has been scheduled to complement the special exhibition Josh Simpson: A Visionary Journey in Glass, on view at the museum through February 3.