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
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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
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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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Notes on Contributors


Introduction: From Darkness to Light: Writers in Museums 1798–1898

Rosella Mamoli Zorzi and Katherine Manthorne


Part I: On Light

1. Tintoretto: An Unexpected Light. Lightnings, Haloes, Embers and Other Glowing Lights.

Melania G. Mazzucco


2. The Artificial Lighting Available to European and American Museums, 1800–1915

David E. Nye


Part II: On Light at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and in Venice

3. Tintoretto in San Rocco Between Light and Darkness

Maria Agnese Chiari Moretto Wiel


4. John Ruskin and Henry James in the Enchanting Darkness of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Rosella Mamoli Zorzi


5. Light at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Demetrio Sonaglioni


6. The Light in the Venice Ducal Palace

Camillo Tonini


7. Latent in Darkness: John Ruskin’s Virtual Guide to the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice

Emma Sdegno


8. Venice, Art and Light in French Literature: 1831–1916

Cristina Beltrami


Part III: On Light in American Museums

9. One Hundred Gems of Light: The Peale Family Introduces Gaslight to America

Burton K. Kummerow


10. Illuminating the Big Picture: Frederic Church’s Heart of the Andes Viewed by Writers

Katherine Manthorne


11. Italian Genius in American Light: The James Jackson Jarves Collection at Yale

Kathleen Lawrence


12. Shedding Light on the History of Lighting at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Holly Salmon


13. Seeing Beauty: Light and Design at the Freer Gallery, ca. 1923

Lee Glazer


Part IV: On Light in Museum and Mansions in England, France, and Spain

14. Lighting up the Darkness: The National Gallery, London

Sarah Quill


15. Sir John Soane

Helen Dorey


16. Chatsworth, a Modern English Mansion

Marina Coslovi


17. Daylight and Gold: In the Galleries With Henry James

Paula Deitz


18. Remarks on Illumination in Nineteenth-Century American Travel Writings on Madrid’s Prado Museum

Pere Gifra-Adroher


Part V: On Light in Italian Museums

19. To Look (and to See) in the Nineteenth Century: At the Uffizi and Elsewhere

Cristina Acidini


20. Ways of Perceiving: The Passionate Pilgrims’ Gaze in Nineteenth-Century Italy

Margherita Ciacci


21. ‘In the Quiet Hours and the Deep Dusk, These Things too Recovered Their Advantage’: Henry James on Light in European Museums

Joshua Parker


22. ‘Shedding Light on Old Italian Masters’: Timothy Cole’s Series for the Century

Page S. Knox


23. ‘Into the Broad Sunlight’: Anne Hampton Brewster’s Chronicle of Gilded Age Rome

Adrienne Baxter Bell


Part VI: On Light in Museums in Japan

24. In Praise of Shadows: Ernest Fenollosa and the Origins of Japanese Museum Culture

Dorsey Kleitz and Sandra Lucore


Postscript

25. Premonitions: Shakespeare to James

Sergio Perosa


26. The Museum on Stage: From Plato’s Myth to Today’s Perception

Alberto Pasetti Bombardella


27. Time and Light

Antonio Foscari


Bibliography

List of Illustrations


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