The Sun: Source of Light in Art

The Sun: Source of Light in Art

February 25 - June 11, 2023

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

  • Sonne. Die Quelle des Lichts in der Kunst (1)© Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
    William Turner, Mortlake Terrace, 1827
  • Sonne. Die Quelle des Lichts in der Kunst (2)© David Hall - Artothek
    Caspar David Friedrich: Weidengebüsch bei tiefstehender Sonne, 1832 - 1835
  • Ein Mann geht im Museum Barberini durch den Ausstellungssaal© dpa
    Archive: A man walks through the exhibition hall at the Museum Barberini in Potsdam.

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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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Museum Barberini

Humboldtstraße 5-6
14467 Potsdam

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| Last edited: 31 January 2023