Defined by Leonardo da Vinci as 'standing between darkness and light,' shadows are and always have been everywhere, but they are not always depicted in art. The origins of the depiction of shadows in art, will be traced, but they were rarely shown in Classical, Early Christian and medieval art. The portrayal of shadows really comes into its own in Renaissance Italy - linked with the immense advances in scientific study and new learning (especially optics). Shadows can be used to give bodily and other forms a three-dimensionality hitherto not achieved, or as the actual depiction of cast shadows, sometimes with symbolic meaning. Shadows were used to bring a psychological or even magical resonance to Renaissance painting. And the use of shadows in art as mysterious, ethereal or even divine has continued to the present day. Accredited Lecturer Dr Valerie Shrimplin tells us more.
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Enjoyable and enlightening! - Came back to listen to this well presented lecture once more.
This talk was so interesting and well-presented, it stayed with me, and I came back and listened to it again today.
That was wonderful, so interesting and (yes) illuminating!
Such an interesting and enjoyable lecture. I immediately took a photo of our Christmas tree and it's shadow! So much information given in a short space of time. Thank you.
Many thanks. An absolutely fascinating talk.
Excellent. Another gentle reminder that we need to take our time when looking at 'art' in all its forms - a quick glance just will not do!
Excellent presentation Thank you
Such an interesting subject and well described by Valerie. I have done a bit of painting and the tutor always emphasized the importance of putting the shadows in, makes such a big difference to a work of art or in my case an attempt at a work of art! Thank you, look forward to these e-mails every morning.
My knowledge increased and my eyes opened for looking at pictures in future.
A very interesting and thought provoking lecture. Very well delivered, not looking at any notes, with a good balance of slides and speech. I shall definitely look for the shadows when looking at paintings in the future.
Maybe lectures should be reminded that concentrating on their notes when speaking does not make the audience feel included.