A lesson in seeing

posted by Bridget on 31 October 2012

The critics been Seduced by Art at the National Gallery

This intriguing exhibition has just opened at the National Gallery and brings together painting and photography with the aim of looking at the similarities between the painting and photography. This is not really a compare and contrast show, more, a see what artists have in common exposition.

What many of the critics have highlighted is how when revisiting some painting through photography it is clear to see how photographic painting can be. Caravaggio is the obvious example.

It also works the other way with photographers referencing painting in their composition, use of light and subject matter.

But what is perhaps most important about this exhibition is once you have understood the similarities and influences between the two art forms you start to see the art in its own right, regardless how it was made.

There are some really good reviews in the newspapers and here are three that are worth a read before heading off to the National gallery to see for yourself.

Click on the image to hear Jonathan Jones at the Guardian talk through his favourite images in this really excellent audio tour.

Sedced by Art Guardian

Richard Dorment in The Daily Telegraph is effusive in his praise, writing, "The show and the catalogue couldn't be better, but you have to take time to see it picture by picture, because everything adds to the complex argument the curators are making."

In the Independent, Adrian Hamilton takes a gallop through all the exciting exhibitions currently on in London [and there are a lot] in his review "The Camera Comes of Age".

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