The shadow’ as a theme has always been inextricably linked to the history of Western art. Although used basically for naturalistic purposes to enhance the credibility of the subject depicted, each period has assigned it its own connotations. The main aim of this exhibition is to draw the visitor’s attention to the host of implications, problems and solutions inherent in the representation of the shadow in art from the Renaissance to the present day. Other objectives are to highlight the existence of paths that branch off in different directions and to reveal the sometimes unnoticed links between periods and artists, despite distances in time. The exhibition starts with the invention of painting and treats Renaissance, Baroque, Romanticism, Symbolism, Fin de Siècle, impressionism, modern realist movements, surrealism to the present.