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18 October 2017Let there be Light: the art and science of light in painting
20 September 2017Undressing Antiques
19 July 2017The Honourable East India Company: East-West trade 1600 - 1800, Chinese Export and Chinoiserie
21 June 2017The Tiger in Asian Art
17 May 2017The Art and Science of the Lunar Society
19 April 2017The Surreal World of René Magritte
15 March 2017Gods, Godesses, Heaven & Hell
15 February 2017Satirist to Insanity: Celebrating the work of James Gillray
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19 October 2016Love & Loss: the story of Orpheus and Eurydice in art and music
21 September 2016Double Dutch: Signs, symbols and double-entendre in Dutch genre painting
20 July 2016The Great Fire of London
15 June 2016The History of the Harp from Mediterranean antiquity to 20th century Europe
18 May 2016Donatello & the Italian Renaissance
20 April 2016MAGNIFICENT MOSAICS - WINDOWS INTO ROME
23 March 2016Bonnard - The Old Master of Modern Art?
17 February 2016MONA LISA - BEHIND THE SMILE
20 January 2016ANCIENT EGYPTIAN TREASURES IN THE ASHMOLEAN
18 November 2015NOW YOU SEE IT - NOW YOU DONT
21 October 2015MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATED BOOKS OF HOURS
16 September 2015FROM WILD BEASTS TO PICKLED SHARK - MODERN ART
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20 May 2015LIFE AND TIMES OF THE SUNDIAL
15 April 2015INESSENTIAL NECESSITIES IN 18TH CENTURY ENGLAND
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23 March 2015BONNARD
18 February 2015THE ART OF WILLIAM HOGARTH: GIN AND HARLOTS
21 January 2015SIGNS, SYMBOLS & ICONOGRAPHY: THE HIDDEN STORIES IN ART
19 November 2014OPERA: THE MELTING POT OF CULTURE
15 October 2014FROM PHAETONS TO PHANTOMS
17 September 2014THREE ARTISTS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
16 July 2014EARLY TRAVELLERS AT PETRA
18 June 2014THE BRITISH SEASIDE HOLIDAY
21 May 2014THREADS OF HISTORY: THE WORLD OF THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY
16 April 2014TURNER: THE SUN IS GOD
19 March 2014WILLIAM KENT: C18TH OPPORTUNIST AND GENIUS
19 February 2014IMPERIAL PURPLE TO DENIM BLUE: THE COLOURFUL HISTORY OF TEXTILES
15 January 2014SOROLLA: PAINTER OF SUNLIGHT

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Let there be Light: the art and science of light in painting Alexandra Drysdale Wednesday 18 October 2017

Over 4.6 Billion years ago a star was born and our sun started to shine. Soon after this the Earth and our other planets were formed and light began its eight minute flight to Earth. Science and art have moved forward together in the quest to understand light as can be seen in representations of rainbows or contemporary Black Holes.

For artists light can express emotions, from El Greco’s light of spiritual ecstasy to the dangerous darkness of Caravaggio, from Turner’s sublime sunlight to Samuel Palmer’s melancholy moonlight. Australian Impressionism uses a different colour palette to European Impressionism. 

Stonehenge was built to worship the sun, and today James Turrell makes light temples in art galleries and Dan Flavin makes altarpieces from fluorescent tubes.