Let There Be Light

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neerThis week the Getty debuts a new exhibit entitled “Radiant Darkness,” which is devoted to   various artists’ renderings of light. Master bringer-of-light Johannes Vermeer is notably absent, no doubt because the Getty does not own one of the only 34 pictures attributed to him.

Saith the Getty: “For centuries artists have displayed their technical virtuosity by composing scenes in which light penetrates darkness. Beginning this month, the J. Paul Getty Museum presents ‘Radiant Darkness: The Art of Nocturnal Light,’ exploring the representation of light in darkness by artists from the 1400s to the 1600s, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Aert van der Neer, Hendrik Goudt and Giovanni Battista Gaulli called Baciccio. Radiant Darkness features 21 works of various media, divided into four thematic sections: divine light, candlelight, firelight, and moonlight.”

Pictured is Aert van der Neer’s “Moonlit Landscape” from 1647.

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