From Darkness to Light explores from a variety of angles the subject of museum lighting in exhibition spaces in America, Japan, and Western Europe throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Written by an array of international experts, these collected essays gather perspectives from a diverse range of cultural sensibilities. From sensitive discussions of Tintoretto’s unique approach to the play of light and darkness as exhibited in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice, to the development of museum lighting as part of Japanese artistic self-fashioning, via the story of an epic American painting on tour, museum illumination in the work of Henry James, and lighting alterations at Chatsworth (to name only a few topics) this book is a treasure trove of illuminating contributions. The collection is at once a refreshing insight for the enthusiastic museum-goer, who is brought to an awareness of the exhibit in its immediate environment, and a wide-ranging scholarly compendium for the professional who seeks to proceed in their academic or curatorial work with a more enlightened sense of the lighted space.
Based on a conference in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice, in 2016, this compilation of essays covers interrelated subjects chiefly focused on the introduction of artificial lighting in museum galleries, and writers’ reactions to it at different sites in Europe and America
"From Darkness to Light: Writers in Museums 1798–1898. Edited by Rosella Mamoli Zorzi and Katherine Manthorne". The Burlington Magazine (0007-6287), vol. 161, no. 1400, 2019.
Notes on Contributors
Rosella Mamoli Zorzi and Katherine Manthorne
1. Tintoretto: An Unexpected Light. Lightnings, Haloes, Embers and Other Glowing Lights.
Melania G. Mazzucco
David E. Nye
3. Tintoretto in San Rocco Between Light and Darkness
Maria Agnese Chiari Moretto Wiel
Rosella Mamoli Zorzi
9. One Hundred Gems of Light: The Peale Family Introduces Gaslight to America
Burton K. Kummerow
14. Lighting up the Darkness: The National Gallery, London
19. To Look (and to See) in the Nineteenth Century: At the Uffizi and Elsewhere
Page S. Knox
Adrienne Baxter Bell
24. In Praise of Shadows: Ernest Fenollosa and the Origins of Japanese Museum Culture
Dorsey Kleitz and Sandra Lucore
25. Premonitions: Shakespeare to James
Alberto Pasetti Bombardella
List of Illustrations