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Lumina – în cultură, ştiinţă şi artă
Light – in culture, science and art

Author(s): Cornelia Drașovean
Subject(s): History of Art
Published by: Asociația Cultural Științifică „Dimitrie Ghika-Comănești”
Keywords: light; science; technology; existence; energy;

Summary/Abstract: The XXI century’s civilization rests on deep symbolic meanings and practical applications of the light; light guides our daily existence, but at the same time shapes, physically and mentally, horizon hopes of the contemporary world.From this perspective, this paper aims to highlight the fact that „the lights of the world” are in fact „the values of the world”, that there is no clear boundary between culture, science and technology or art, that one needs the others and they all need the universe as a scene. Christian theologians claim to have always seen the light as an attribute of divinity, along with truth, love, knowledge or wisdom – attributes of divinity itself or in relation to the world.In the culture of Enlightenment called also the Age of Light is an anti-feudal, ideological and cultural movement which appeared prior to and during the revolutions of the XVII-XIX centuries. It’s aim was to create a„rational” society by spreading the the culture of „light” among the people. From a more scientific point of view, light is nothing more than an electromagnetic wave moving about 300 000 km / s.Earth’s natural lights: volcanoes, clouds, aurora borealis. Light is also an essential condition for the existence of life on earth, it is the energy source for photosynthesis, the means used by plants to feed and grow. By blending science and art, photography was obtained, stained glass and light graffiti. And when night comes, the major cities of the world dress up in light: Paris – the city of lights, New York – the city that never sleeps, Hong Kong – the city with the highest light pollution in the world.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 443-450
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Romanian