We were in Brixton, London visiting family and had an hour to kill so went to Dulwich Art Gallery to see their current exhibition, Rembrandt’s Light.
Rembrandt was a true master of creating light and shadow helping him tell a story in each canvas. And the gallery has done a fantastic job of lighting the exhibition to create maximum impact and atmosphere.
Dulwich Art Gallery is the oldest public art gallery in England opening in 1817. In fact Sir John Soane designed the gallery using an innovative and influential method of illumination knowing it would display Rembrandt.
They have permanently on display one of his most famous paintings: “Girl at a window”. https://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/explore-the-collection/151-200/girl-at-a-window/.
Apparently this painting was first displayed looking outwards in a window of Rembrandt’s house. Eventually passers-by stopped – when they realised she never moved!
By the way, we are going to Amsterdam to run a Storytelling in Business workshop for a media agency. We now have one of our stories to open with.
Edgar Degas, the 19th century artist is reputed to have said: “Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” We think stories can help us do exactly the same thing.
Have you made a 2020 resolution to find stories you can use? You should.