The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is open on a revised schedule. Read more about hours and visiting and see VassarTogether for the College’s Spring 2021 plans and policies.

Ludger tom Ring, the Younger (attributed to), The Open Missal, mid-sixteenth century


Mastering Light: From the Natural to the Artificial

Exhibition: April 11-June 29, 2014
32 page softcover book
Price: Complimentary

About the publication

Lighted candles, electric lamps, a full moon, starlight, and the brilliant rays of the sun attract the eye at once. Artists have used these attention-getters for centuries as arresting pictorial devices and potent metaphors. While they turn the eyes of viewers, these images have also left us with deeper understandings of the aesthetic, social, and technological histories of lighting. Organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, this exhibition explores responses to light by European and American artists from the sixteenth through the early twentieth centuries. With a selection of forty-nine works, including paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, and photographs, it belongs to a recent body of museum exhibitions and literature on artistic reactions to artificial light and nocturnal scenes. The exhibition features works selected from the permanent collection along with additional loans.

This softcover book is 32 pages and includes 11 color illustrations (April 2014).

Patricia Phagan is the Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College. She has curated numerous exhibitions including Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England and Made in Woodstock: Printmaking from 1903 to 1945.

Ordering Information:

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All orders are sent book rate unless otherwise requested. On orders totaling over $10, please include $3 for postage.

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The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
124 Raymond Ave
Vassar College
Box 703
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-00703

(845) 437-5237

Public Hours

Saturday 10am–5pm
Sunday 1pm–5pm
The Loeb will be closed the weekend of Dec 26–27 and will re-open on weekends starting Jan. 2.


Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot accommodate group tours at this time, and capacity in the galleries is limited. All visitors are required to wear masks.


Admission is free and open to all. All galleries are wheelchair accessible.


Parking is on Raymond Avenue only. Entrance to the galleries is via the Raymond Ave. gate through the sculpture garden.

Students & Faculty

Consult the Teaching & Learning section of the VassarTogether page for information about visiting the Loeb during the week.

Please note that weekend hours are restricted to the general public only.


The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

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