Out of the Darkness - A History of Light in Art
This four-day course will look at how the use, depiction and symbolism of light evolved in western European painting. We will begin with the use and symbolism of gold and gilding in early renaissance paintings and explore the way in which light and reflections were depicted as illusions. We will consider how the metaphor of light was used historically and how it became the stylistic language of chiaroscuro. Finally, we will look at how light itself was harnessed as a medium to produce images, giving birth to photography.
This course will be delivered online via Zoom. All participants will receive information in advance about how to access the course before it commences.
What you will learn:
• Understanding how the representation of light in western European art evolved
• Knowledge of key artists, masterpieces, innovations and techniques
• Developing the ability to analyse images through understanding how light is used
Please note that the virtual course session will not be recorded due to intellectual property rights.
Image: Botticelli, La Primavera, 1477-1482