The Beggarstaffs, advertising and light
I've also been reading Umberto Eco's A History of Beauty, and one of the authors brought up a point about medieval art that struck me. Medieval art is infused with its own inner light. There isn't a light source, rarely chiaroscuro or even modeling, but instead the artists used such effulgent colors and pigments that the objects create their own light. He talked about how this relates to the writings of Dionysus the Pseudo-Areopagite, and how by creating radiant figures the artist is representing how God is in all things in the form of light. He then compared it to the dramatic lighting of the Baroque period and beyond. A totally good read, and whenever someone stands up for the beauty of medieval art I want to shout Hoorah!