View Old Master painting through a new lens with the National Gallery’s first major exhibition of photography.
Seduced by Art takes a provocative look at how early and contemporary photographers have made use of fine art traditions. See exceptional works by photographers including Sam Taylor-Wood, Martin Parr, Craigie Horsfield, Richard Billingham, Julia Margaret Cameron and Gustave Le Gray alongside selected paintings from the Gallery’s collection.
Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present is the National Gallery’s first major exhibition of photography. This groundbreaking show explores the relationship between historical painting, early photography of the mid-19th century, and some of the most exciting work being done by photographers today.
Seduced by Art takes a provocative look at how photographers use fine art traditions, including Old Master painting, to explore and justify the possibilities of their art. Right from the beginning, photography dared to claim traditional ‘high art’ subjects as its own. Far from being a general survey, the exhibition draws attention to one particular and rich strand of photography’s history, in major early works by the greatest British and French practitioners alongside photographs by an international array of contemporary artists. The show includes new photography and video specially commissioned for the exhibition and on public display for the first time, plus works rarely seen in the UK.
The show includes almost 90 photographs alongside selected paintings from the National Gallery’s collection. Key photographs will come from the Wilson Centre for Photography, with loans from Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Media Museum in Bradford, Fundació La Caixa in Spain, and direct from the photographers themselves.
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