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Shadows in Art: From the Ancient Greeks to Contemporary Art
Shadows in Art: From the Ancient Greeks to Contemporary Art

Wed, 26 Apr


Southampton City Art Gallery

Shadows in Art: From the Ancient Greeks to Contemporary Art

Join Emeritus Professor William Vaughan of Birkbeck College for April's illustrated talk. Admission: £4.00 FoSMAG member / £6.00 non-member.

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Time & Location

26 Apr 2023, 10:30 – 11:30 BST

Southampton City Art Gallery, Civic Centre, Commercial Rd, Southampton SO14 7LY, UK

About the event

Shadows are all around us. They are the natural counterpart to light. Through the centuries people have been fascinated by them, marvelling at their effects, as well as using them to make explorations and discoveries. They feature in the myths and legends of most societies and play a role in modern psychology. They have always presented a particular challenge to visual artists, both in terms of how to use them to enhance naturalistic effect and as a resource for bringing meditative and expressive dimensions into their art. On the other hand, many artists have ignored them. They do not feature at all in most traditional art forms outside Europe. In modern times their usage has been challenged by many avant-garde artists.

William Vaughan is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is also a printmaker, much engaged in exploring shadows in his own work.

Event Details:

  • The talk will be held in the Lecture Theatre at Southampton City Art Gallery.
  • Please let us know you're coming by clicking the Register button on this page.
  • Admission fees are £4.00 (individual FoSMAG member) and £6.00 (individual non-member).
  • Please be ready to pay in cash at the door. Unfortunately we're unable to accept card payments.

Image: Shadow Dance (1930), by Martin Lewis. © the artist's estate.

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