Festival of Light trail

Explore the symbolism of light in different traditions through seven paintings in the collection


The trail can be downloaded as a PDF document below. Print it out and bring it with you when you visit the Gallery. 

The text is in:

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Gujarati

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About the trail

This trail looks at seven pictures from the collection in order to explore the universal symbolism of light shared by different traditions. Each of the pictures suggests a different aspect of light: fire, sun, sight, lamps, spirit, knowledge and the modern world.

Who is the trail for?

It is aimed at adults, though families with children can enjoy discovering the paintings together.

Festival of Light

Light has a special significance during Diwali or the ‘Festival of Lights’ when the triumph of light over darkness is celebrated with lamps and fireworks.

Light is one of the oldest and most meaningful symbols, found in cultures and religions worldwide. This trail explores the parallels between the rich symbolism of light in Christian art and other traditions.

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Paintings in this trail

Attributed to Giotto di Bondone: 'Pentecost'
Giotto and Workshop
Giovanni Bellini: 'The Agony in the Garden'
The Agony in the Garden
Giovanni Bellini
Francisco de Zurbarán: 'A Cup of Water and a Rose'
A Cup of Water and a Rose
Francisco de Zurbarán