Francis Bacon - Springfield, MA
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N 42° 06.218 W 072° 35.102
18T E 699683 N 4664104
Quick Description: The stained glass windows at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum were designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and installed in 1895. Some of the windows pay homage to famous authors and this one honors Sir Francis Bacon.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 10/5/2013 9:00:32 AM
Waymark Code: WMJ76N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
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Long Description:
The Museum's webpage (visit link) informs us:

"Tiffany Stained Glass Windows
First and Second Floors
George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum
Among the most celebrated features of the Smith Art Museum are its original Tiffany stained glass windows. Manufactured by the Tiffany Glass Company of New York City, the windows were installed in 1895 as the museum was being completed. The windows are rare examples of Tiffany work commissioned for a museum building; the only other known windows made especially for a museum were at the Henry Field Memorial Art Gallery at the Art Institute of Chicago and have not survived.

The windows in the Smith Art Museum mark a turning point in the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Prior to the mid-1890s, his stained glass windows were mostly for churches. However, by 1894, the year the museum windows were shipped from the studio, he had begun designing windows with secular themes. Those in the Japanese Arms and Armor Gallery commemorate famous authors such as Goethe and Moliere, bearing their crests and dates of birth and death. In the front lobby, windows celebrate the disciplines originally housed in the museum: art, science and literature. In what is now the Hasbro Games Art Discovery Center, the distinguished marks of book printers are incorporated in the window design.

And Wikipedia (visit link) adds:

"Sir Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban, Kt., KFC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. After his death, he remained extremely influential through his works, especially as philosophical advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution.

Bacon has been called the creator of empiricism. His works established and popularized inductive methodologies for scientific inquiry, often called the Baconian method, or simply the scientific method. His demand for a planned procedure of investigating all things natural marked a new turn in the rhetorical and theoretical framework for science, much of which still surrounds conceptions of proper methodology today.

Bacon was knighted in 1603, and created Baron Verulam in 1618 and Viscount St. Alban in 1621; as he died without heirs, both peerages became extinct upon his death. He famously died by contracting pneumonia while studying the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat."
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