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Sun. The source of light in art

The museum Barberini dedicates its new exhibition "Sun. The Source of Light in Art" to the pictorial representation of the sun in art from antiquity to the present. As a sign or personification of divine powers, an action-driving force in mythological tales, an atmospheric element in landscape paintings, or an intensification of color in modernism, the sun plays a central role in European art.

Frontansicht vom Museum Barberini am Alten Markt in Potsdam
Frontansicht vom Museum Barberini am Alten Markt in Potsdam Museum Barberini gGmbH, Foto Helge Mundt

The starting point of the exhibition is Claude Monet's painting "Impression," Sunrise from 1872. The painting, which gave Impressionism its name, shows a red morning sun as the focal point of the composition.

In total, the exhibition presents about 80 works, sculptures, paintings, manuscripts, prints and books, from ancient times to the present.
Among them are paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, William Turner, Caspar David Friedrich and Sonja Delaunay.

Among the more than 30 lenders are the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the Museo nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich, the Musee du Louvre in Paris, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Albertina in Vienna.

An exhibition of the Museum Barberini, Potsdam, and the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.


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