Friday, May 13, 2011

Art Reactions: A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery

Joseph Wright of Derby: A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery, oil on canvas, 1.47×2.03 m, 1766 (Derby, Museum and Art Gallery)

The lighting... I'm a sucker for paintings with lighting like this. Is there an art word for that? Is lighting even the right word?


  1. You're looking for the gorgeous word chiaroscuro. Here's a link: It's Italian for light-dark, you can see the words clear and obscure, well, they're in there somewhere :) You'll love Caravaggio then!

  2. @jo x THANK YOU! Yes that's exactly what I was looking for... I love that style of art. Thanks!


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