From Darkness to Light: Writers in Museums 1798-1898

From Darkness to Light: Writers in Museums 1798-1898 Rosella Mamoli Zorzi and Katherine Manthorne (eds.)
Forthcomingin 2019

Light at the Museum 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 San Rocco, 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.


From Darkness to Light: Writers in Museums 1798-1898
Edited by Rosella Mamoli Zorzi and Katherine Manthorne | Forthcoming 2019
ISBN Paperback: 978-1-78374-549-4
ISBN Hardback: 978-1-78374-550-0
ISBN Digital (PDF): 978-1-78374-551-7
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 978-1-78374-552-4
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 978-1-78374-553-1
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0151
Subject codes: BIC: WTHM (Museum, historic sites, gallery and art guides), A (The arts), AB (The arts: general issues), AG (Art treatments and subjects), TB (Technology: general issues), GM (Museology and heritage studies): BISAC: ART000000 (ART / General). ART059000 ( ART / Museum Studies), ARC007010 (ARCHITECTURE / Interior Design / Lighting)