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Our 8-week evening courses are the perfect way to learn more about art. Discover little-known works from the Gallery’s collection, get to know old favourites in more depth, and explore other great collections of the world with our expert art historians and guest speakers.
For centuries, light has been a key element in some of the most powerful and enigmatic works in the history of art. Light was used to establish narratives, manipulate compositions, and electrify atmospheres. Tantalising generations of artists, light moved beyond its function as a tool to become an allegory and subject in its own right.
In this course, Dr Sarah Wilson will explore the artistic efforts to capture and translate the effects of light. We will consider the motivations of artists who utilised light, and the effects of such experimentation on wider movements. This course will cover a range of topics from Caravaggio’s dramatically lit compositions to the central role of light in Impressionistic paintings, Turner’s worship of the sun, and Harry Clarke’s ethereal stained glass windows. Invited experts will also contribute to the course, and further details will be available closer to the time.
Dr Sarah Wilson is an art historian specialising in Roman antiquity and religious identity. She has an undergraduate degree in Fine Art (DIT) and completed her postgraduate studies in Art History (UCD). She has developed several lecture series for the National Gallery of Ireland that encompass a broad range of topics from Classical influences to Japanese and Aboriginal art. Her essay on Magna Mater and the pignora imperii was recently published in Late Antique Palatine Architecture: Palaces and Palace Culture: Patterns of Transculturation (Brepols, 2020).