Museum Barberini, (Museum Barberini n.d.-b), (Museum Barberini n.d.-a)




The sun is a universal theme: for millennia, human beings have responded artistically to the life-giving source of light. In many cultures, the sun was considered divine and was venerated as a symbol of inexhaustible power. It became a prominent motif in painting, appearing in mythological scenes as well as in atmospheric landscapes. Although it has long since ceased to carry mythological meaning, the sun remains a fascinating and compelling phenomenon even in the art of the present day.

Everyone worships the turning wheel of the sun.

Sophocles, fifth century BCE


I feel the sun’s rays on my body. I melt dissolved in the warm light, I am extended over the whole earth…

Richard Pousette-Dart, 1960


Museum Barberini. n.d.-a. “Sonne.” Accessed August 8, 2023.
———. n.d.-b. “The Sun.” Accessed August 8, 2023.