Artful Lighting: A Short History

Exhibition Dates: 
Tuesday, Jun 09, 2020

Artful Lighting Online Exhibition Poster

This online exhibition explores the concept of decorative lighting from the oil lamps of antiquity up to the advent of electricity. Topics include the iconography of ancient lamps, lamps as symbolic of the divine in religious contexts, and some highly decorative examples from the Gilded Age. Where relevant, we illustrate a few comparisons from elsewhere to expand scope and clarity.

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The Museum is preparing to move to a new location at the lower east level of Ellis Library in the center of the MU campus.
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"I still remember the feeling of awe and disbelief when I was alone and walked in the room with those casts." --Ruth Tofle, chair of architecture, winner of the 2013 distinguished faculty award from the MU Alumni Association