Light and shadow

This video is part of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Art Explainer series.

How does an artist use light to help keep us out of the dark?  Using three artworks from the Art Institute’s collection, this video unpacks a central theme and uses innovative visual storytelling to highlight the choices artists made to create light and shadow in their works. Art Explainer videos empower you to look at and understand art from any historical period or culture. Designed for students as well as adults, this video series is produced for the web and usable in a wide range of learning environments, from mobile devices to formal school classrooms.

The following works from the Art Institute of Chicago appear in this video:

Tanner, The Two Disciples at the Tomb
Kollwitz, Battlefield
Flavin, “monument” for V. Tatlin

Cite this page as: Art Institute of Chicago, "Light and shadow," in Smarthistory, February 7, 2018, accessed June 14, 2024,