Explore light symbolism in art history through time.

From ancient times to the present day, the sight and contemplation of stars, planets and galaxies have inspired religions, philosophies, myths and stories. Light symbolism permeates the Judaeo-Christian traditions, linked to cosmic and astronomical phenomena as a source of inspiration. Yet the spectacle of vast numbers of stars and galaxies is becoming increasingly obscured from view by increasing light pollution in the ‘civilised’ world. Consideration of visual images of the night sky over time provides a basis for focussing on the Dark Sky.

When | Thursday 1 December, 7.30 -9pm

Where | Alban Room and Online via Zoom Webinar 

Speaker | Dr Valerie Shrimplin 

Cost | £10 (£6 students) 

About Dr Valerie Shrimplin

Dr Valerie Shrimplin has lectured extensively on Byzantine, Medieval and Renaissance Art and Architecture – and on sixteenth-century history as well. She has a particular interest in the influence of astronomy and cosmology on art.

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