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Molière Stained Glass Window - Springfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 06.214 W 072° 35.102
18T E 699683 N 4664097
Quick Description: A Tiffany stained glass window that honors Molière is located in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in the Quadrangle of Springfield, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 8/19/2013 7:17:12 AM
Waymark Code: WMHWD1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
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Long Description:
The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum was build in the Italianate style in 1895. Renwick, Aspinwall and Renwick were the architects and the stained glass windows were manufactured by the Tiffany Company of New York City. One of the Tiffany windows honors Molière. The window has the coat of arms of Molière as the major design element of the upper pane and the name MOLIÈRE is incorporated into the lower pane. Molière was a French actor and playwright who is best known for writing numerous French comedies.

Molière was the stage name of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. He was born into an affluent family and baptised on January 15, 1622 . He was educated at Jesuit Collège de Clermont. In June 1643, he decided to forego a position in his social class and pursue a stage career. Together with actress Madeleine Béjart he founded the Illustre Théâtre. Thereafter, he assumed the stage name Molière.

The wrote and acted in many play and became the premier playwright in the French language. Wikipedia, q.v., list the following major works in chronological order:

Le Médecin volant (1645) -- The Flying Doctor
La Jalousie du barbouillé (1650)
L'Étourdi ou Les Contretemps (1655) -- The Blunderer
Le Dépit amoureux (December 16, 1656)
Le Docteur amoureux (1658), the first play performed by Molière's troupe for Louis XIV (now lost) -- The Doctor in Love
Les Précieuses ridicules (November 18, 1659) -- The Affected Young Ladies
Sganarelle ou Le Cocu imaginaire (May 28, 1660) -- Sganarelle, or the Imaginary Cuckold
Dom Garcie de Navarre ou Le Prince jaloux (February 4, 1661) -- Don Garcia of Navarre or the Jealous Prince
L'École des maris (June 24, 1661) -- The School for Husbands
Les Fâcheux (August 17, 1661) -- The Mad
L'École des femmes (December 26, 1662; adapted into The Amorous Flea, 1964) -- The School for Wives
La Jalousie du Gros-René (April 15, 1663)
La Critique de l'école des femmes (June 1, 1663) -- Critique of the School for Wives
L'Impromptu de Versailles (October 14, 1663)
Le Mariage forcé (January 29, 1664) -- The Forced Marriage
Gros-René, petit enfant (April 27, 1664; now lost)
La Princesse d'Élide (May 8, 1664) -- The Princess of Elid
Tartuffe ou L'Imposteur (May 12, 1664) -- Tartuffe
Dom Juan ou Le Festin de pierre (February 15, 1665)
L'Amour médecin (September 15, 1665) -- Love Is the Doctor
Le Misanthrope ou L'Atrabilaire amoureux (June 4, 1666) -- The Misanthrope
Le Médecin malgré lui (August 6, 1666) -- The Doctor in Spite of Himself
Mélicerte (December 2, 1666)
Pastorale comique (January 5, 1667)
Le Sicilien ou L'Amour peintre (February 14, 1667) -- The Sicilian, or Love the Painter
Amphitryon (January 13, 1668)
George Dandin ou Le Mari confondu (July 18, 1668) -- George Dandin, or the Abashed Husband
L'Avare ou L'École du mensonge (September 9, 1668) -- The Miser
Monsieur de Pourceaugnac (October 6, 1669)
Les Amants magnifiques (February 4, 1670) -- The Magnificent Lovers
Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (October 14, 1670) -- The Bourgeois Gentleman
Psyché (January 17, 1671) -- Psyche
Les Fourberies de Scapin (May 24, 1671)
La Comtesse d'Escarbagnas (December 2, 1671)
Les Femmes savantes (March 11, 1672) -- The Learned Ladies
Le Malade imaginaire (February 10, 1673) -- The Imaginary Invalid

The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum is dedicated to the fine and decorative arts. It represents the personal collection and taste of George Walter Vincent Smith. The museum displays Chinese cloisonné, Japanese arms and armor, ivory carvings, ceramics, and other decorative arts.
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