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Past Exhibition

Mastering Light: From the Natural to the Artificial

When: April 11 - June 29, 2014

About the Show

Lanterns, candles, gaslights, electric lights, moonlight, and brilliant sun all attract us with their singular magnetism. Artists throughout the centuries have understood this. They have turned the eyes and attentions of viewers with these devices, and, in effect, have left us with not only arresting works of art but also an aesthetic, social, and technological history of lighting. From the old masters through the early twentieth century, this exhibition explores the engagement of European and American artists with lighting through a selection of paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, and photographs.

In these works, natural light glazing a room carries particular meaning as do moonlight clothing a narrative scene or lampposts beckoning the night. The exhibition’s galleries are devoted to the natural, nocturnal, and artificial, with works selected from the permanent collection and additional loans. Artists represented include Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco de Goya, James Gillray, Anna Atkins, Max Klinger, Edvard Munch, Robert Henri, and Edward Hopper, among numerous others.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Evelyn Metzger Exhibition Fund.


Mon Closed
Tue 10am-5pm
Wed 10am-5pm
Thu 10am-5pm
Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 1pm-5pm

Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, and from Dec. 22 through Jan. 15.

Print Room - Students & Public

Wed 3pm-5pm
Fri 2pm-4pm

It is best to make an appointment with the curator of prints and drawings, Patricia Phagan.

Late Nights suspended

Thursday Late Night at the Lehman Loeb is suspended, pending further review.


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

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