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Joseph Wright of Derby’s 'Orrery'
A statue comes to life in a magical gallery and walks into the painting 'A Philosopher Giving That Lecture on the Orrery where a Lamp is put in Place of the Sun' by Joseph Wright of Derby. Inside the painting she explores Wright of Derby's use of a single light source to draw attention to particular elements of the work, and discusses representation of the period of Enlightenment in works of art. We explore the techniques Wright of Derby used to create his works, and his placement within the artistic world at the time of the painting and beyond. A mixture of live action, animation and elements of the painting brings the art to life and ends by encouraging viewers to paint a modern invention or discovery in a way that explains its purpose. First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in April 2012 as part of the series Your Paintings. Visit the Your Paintings website to explore the UK national collection of oil paintings: bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/
Could be useful when illustrating the work of Joseph Wright of Derby. In a discussion about famous artists, art history or British painters. To prompt a discussion about the Earth and the solar system. To prompt a painting or drawing activity using a single light source. In a discussion of modern inventions and discoveries.
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