From Darkness to Light: Writers in Museums 1798-1898 - cover image

Copyright

Rosella Mamoli Zorzi; Katherine Manthorne

Published On

2019-03-12

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-549-4
Hardback978-1-78374-550-0
PDF978-1-78374-551-7
HTML978-1-80064-570-7
XML978-1-78374-723-8
EPUB978-1-78374-552-4
MOBI978-1-78374-553-1

Language

  • English

Print Length

392 pages (xviii+374)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 27 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.07" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 30 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.19" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1636g (57.71oz)
Hardback2033g (71.71oz)

Media

Illustrations44
Tables1

OCLC Number

1107380784

LCCN

2019452878

BIC

  • WTHM
  • A
  • AB
  • AG

BISAC

  • ART000000
  • ART059000
  • ARC007010

LCC

  • NK2115.5.L5

Keywords

  • museum lighting
  • exhibition spaces
  • America
  • Japan
  • Western Europe
  • nineteenth century
  • twentieth century

From Darkness to Light

Writers in Museums 1798-1898

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.

Reviews

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

Stephen Wildman

"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.

Contents

  • Maria Agnese Chiari Moretto Wiel
  • Demetrio Sonaglioni
  • Camillo Tonini

15. Sir John Soane

(pp. 177–188)
  • Helen Dorey
  • Marina Coslovi
  • Sergio Perosa

27. Time and Light

(pp. 323–332)
  • Antonio Foscari
  • Rosella Mamoli Zorzi
  • Katherine Manthorne

Contributors

Rosella Mamoli Zorzi

(editor)
Professor of American Literature, Emeritus at Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Katherine Manthorne

(editor)
Professor of Art History, Graduate Center at City University of New York