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The Sun: Source of Light in Art

This special exhibition at the Museum Barberini deals with the iconography of the sun from antiquity to the present.

Claude Monet's painting "Impression, Sunrise" from 1872, which gave Impressionism its name, shows the red disc of the morning sun as the focal point of the composition. The painting is the starting point of the exhibition "The Sun: Source of Light in Art" at the Museum Barberini.

The Sun as a Life Force in European art

As a sign or personification of divine powers, as a plot-driving force in mythological narratives, as an atmospheric element in landscape paintings, and as an intensification of color in modernism, the sun plays a central role in European art. The show brings together some 80 works - sculptures, paintings, manuscripts, prints, and books - from antiquity to the present, including works by Peter Paul Rubens, William Turner, Caspar David Friedrich, and Sonja Delaunay.

At a Glance

The Sun: Source of Light in Art
Museum Barberini
25 February 2023
11 June 2023
Daily from 10 am to 7 pm (closed on Tuesday)
Admission Fee
€16 (weekdays), €18 (weekend), reduced fee €10

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Last edited: 21 June 2023