Capturing Light in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Art
6th Annual Imago Conference
January 23-24, 2013
“The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up” – Matthew 4:16
Light, shadows, and darkness in art regulate space, determinate visibility, frame reality and divinity, and construct communal as well as liturgical identities. Shining metals, pieces of glasses, gold, precious stones, and others were inlayed in medieval painting, reliquaries, mosaics, walls decoration and stained glass windows, intermediating between the faithful and the heavenly realms. As the materia of divine creation and a metaphor of insight and illumination, light, images of light, and lightening devices are central to medieval art constituting the core its aesthetics. This conference seeks to explore the liturgical and aesthetic use of light, as well as its materiality in medieval art and culture.