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IlluminationsItalian Baroque Masterworks in Canadian Collections

Published by GILES in association with the Art Gallery of Hamilton

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Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 96 pages, 180 x 180 mm, 7⅛ x 7⅛ in

Illustrations — 66 colour

Format — Paperback

Price — UK£12.95 / US$19.95

ISBN — 978-1-907804-57-1

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Features some of Canada's foremost Baroque paintings

Studies the Baroque fascination with theatricality and visual spectacle in religious, mythological, and popular imagery

Explores how 17th-century audiences were confronted with pictures that frequently broke conventions by manipulating the sources and meaning of light

Accompanies a travelling exhibition opening at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton), February 28-May 31, 2015 and then moving to the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), June 26-October 5, 2015.

About the Book

Italian Baroque painting is often discussed in terms of theatre and the creation of powerful visual spectacle through the dramatic use of light. Seventeenth-century painters pushed the limits of artistic expression to reshape the relationship between the illusionistic image and its audience with contrasting styles, new techniques, and by deploying extraordinary optical effects. Featuring some of Canada's foremost Baroque paintings, Illuminations examines how the functional and symbolic representation of light was the expression of a culture captivated by theatrical display.

Set in the context of Italy's dynamic and international cultural capitals, Illuminations compares and contrasts religious, mythological, and popular imagery. Through a detailed examination of works by Nicolas Poussin, Luca Giordano and Jusepe de Ribera, amongst others, the book explores how 17th-century audiences were confronted with pictures that frequently broke conventions by manipulating the sources and meaning of light, while depicting all types of subjects; painters were able to transform light, controlling its role as a signifier of demeanour, emotion, or religious symbolism. The use of light coloured the historical legends and social mythologies of this extravagant world. 

About the Author(s)

Benedict Leca is Director of Curatorial Affairs, Art Gallery of Hamilton and the co-curator of the exhibition; Devin Therien is Guest co-curator, Art Gallery of Hamilton; C.D. Dickerson is curator of European Art at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Lloyd DeWitt is curator of European Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada