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
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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

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  • WTHM
  • A
  • AB
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  • ART000000
  • ART059000
  • ARC007010

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  • 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.

Contents

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

(pp. 9–24)
  • Melania G. Mazzucco
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.01

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

(pp. 25–40)
  • David E. Nye
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.02

3. Tintoretto in San Rocco Between Light and Darkness

(pp. 43–52)
  • Maria Agnese Chiari Moretto Wiel
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.03

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

(pp. 53–70)
  • Rosella Mamoli Zorzi
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.04

5. Light at the Scuola Grande di San Rocco

(pp. 71–78)
  • Demetrio Sonaglioni
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.05

6. The Light in the Venice Ducal Palace

(pp. 79–86)
  • Camillo Tonini
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.06

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

(pp. 87–98)
  • Emma Sdegno
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.07

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

(pp. 99–106)
  • Cristina Beltrami
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.08

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

(pp. 109–116)
  • Burton K. Kummerow
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.09

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

(pp. 117–128)
  • Katherine Manthorne
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.10

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

(pp. 129–140)
  • Kathleen Lawrence
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.11

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

(pp. 141–150)
  • Holly Salmon
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.12

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

(pp. 151–164)
  • Lee Glazer
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.13

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

(pp. 167–176)
  • Sarah Quill
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.14

15. Sir John Soane

(pp. 177–188)
  • Helen Dorey
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.15

16. Chatsworth, a Modern English Mansion

(pp. 189–200)
  • Marina Coslovi
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.16

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

(pp. 201–210)
  • Paula Deitz
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.17

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

(pp. 211–220)
  • Pere Gifra-Adroher
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.18

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

(pp. 223–238)
  • Cristina Acidini
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.19

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

(pp. 239–260)
  • Margherita Ciacci
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.20

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

(pp. 261–270)
  • Joshua Parker
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.21

22. 'Shedding Light on Old Italian Masters': Timothy Cole's Series for The Century

(pp. 271–284)
  • Page S. Knox
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.22

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

(pp. 285–294)
  • Adrienne Baxter Bell
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.23

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

(pp. 297–306)
  • Dorsey Kleitz
  • Sandra Lucore
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.24

25. Premonitions: Shakespeare to James

(pp. 309–318)
  • Sergio Perosa
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.25

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

(pp. 319–322)
  • Alberto Pasetti Bombardella
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.26

27. Time and Light

(pp. 323–332)
  • Antonio Foscari
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.27

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

(pp. 1–6)
  • Rosella Mamoli Zorzi
  • Katherine Manthorne
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0151.28

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