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Clifton Springs’ tie to ‘Last Supper’

An exhibition at the Corning Museum of Glass has raised awareness of a treasured artwork in Clifton Springs.

Debbie Kloppenburg, the community manager of the Spa Apartments in the village, says interest in the Spa Chapel’s “Last Supper” mosaic has been sparked by the museum exhibit “Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics” since it opened in May.

As a result, chapel tours offered over the summer months increased to as many as 10 per week. The large composition of Christ and his disciples, which stretches along the wall behind the chapel’s altar, is featured through digital photography at the Corning Museum and prompted visitors there to make the pilgrimage to Clifton Springs to see for themselves the iridescent glass artwork.

“Exciting,” is how Kloppenburg describes the museum’s interest in “The Last Supper,” which was fabricated at the famed New York studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) for the chapel of the former Clifton Springs Sanitarium.

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