"Sorolla. The art of light” Exhibition in Spain

"The exhibition "Sorolla. The art of light" takes place in Madrid, Spain, between July 14th and January 18th for the celebration of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015). The exhibition presents 54 interesting oil paintings related to the use of illumination and wishes for visitors to discover the qualities that earned Sorolla the title "Painter of Light".


At the time Sorolla lived, science had made great strides in unravelling the mysterious nature of light. By the end of 19th century, light had become a more accessible element, changing everyday life. Sorolla’s paintings capture this new situation and use light in a completely novel way.

The exhibition “Sorolla. The art of light” guides the viewer through this transitioning way of seeing light in his paintings. For this reason, the exhibition is organized by the styles in which Sorolla developed this new sensitivity to light: “towards the light”, “shadow and reflection”, “filtered light”, “shining” and “art of light”.

Gardens, forests, the charming landscapes of Spain, and his monuments are some of the characteristic subjects in Sorolla’s world that are represented in the exhibition as well as the Spanish painter’s famous beach scenes renowned for their use of white and stopped motion.

The exhibition features 53 paintings owned by the Museo Sorolla and one painting on loan from a private collection. They can be seen in the Museo Sorolla, located on General Martínez Campos street (Madrid) next to the metro station of “Iglesia”. The museum is open between 9:30 to 20:00 from Tuesday to Saturday and between 10:00 to 15:00 on Sundays and holidays. The Museo Sorolla is closed on Mondays.

For more information about upcoming events in Spain visit the website from the IYL 2015 Spanish Committee.

About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.  With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.  The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the lightsources.org International Network, 1001 Inventions, The Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). 

Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.


Sergio Barbero
Spanish Committee for the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015