Thursday, May 24, 2012

tiffany lamps.

To give credit where credit is due, I am going to give a little shout out to Clara Drischoll, who invented and designed the stunning Tiffany Lamps and never received the credit for it. No lie. Everyone thought that stained glass master, Louis Comfort Tiffany created the popular lamps. In 2005, the truth came out, and art historians named Drischoll the mastermind, only a hundred years too late guys.

Clara Drischoll is not here to receive her proper praise, so Susan Vreeland decided to write a novel imagining her life. I presume it is tough to write a biography about someone who people didn’t know was important until sixty years after their death. Clara and Mr. Tiffany is set in New York City in the 1890’s. Clara is a strong-willed woman fighting to keep her passion alive in the male-dominated art world. Whether you’re artistic or not, you will enjoy this historical fiction. I cannot help but wonder what other men in history were the face of a woman’s artistic design.

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