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Amstutz, Nina

Landscape and the architecture of light : John Constable's clouds at the Yale Center for British Art / Nina Amstutz.

[London] : Oxford University Press, 2017.
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12 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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V 2736
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The manner in which modern museum architecture can inflect the historical conditions of an object's creation and display is explored in this personal response to the installation of John Constable's cloud studies at the Yale Center for British Art. Constable created these studies outdoors, often noting the time of day, weather, and season on the verso, suggesting that he was interested in capturing nature's most ephemeral atmospheric effects. The top-floor galleries of the YCBA regularly undergo dramatic fluctuations of light, which are a product of the building's skylight scheme, designed by Richard Kelly in consultation with Louis Kahn. These changes in natural light levels are often as fleeting as the effects Constable strove to record, reanimating the ephemeral conditions of his sketches' making. I ground my discussion of this happy marriage between the modern museum and the historical work of art in artistic debates from Constable's time over lighting effects in the museum and studio.
Subject Terms:
Constable, John, 1776-1837 -- Exhibitions.
Kahn, Louis I., 1901-1974.
Kelly, Richard, 1910-1977.
Light in architecture.
Museums architecture.
Yale Center for British Art -- Architecture.