Friday, September 17, 2010
Pre-Raphaelites and Photography
Were the Pre-Raphaelite painters, who looked to the new science of photography in their quest to capture every nuance of nature, the original Photo Realists? The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., holds the premiere of "The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848-1875," Oct. 31, 2010-Jan. 30, 2011, a show organized in association with the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, where it appears Mar 6-May 29, 2011. Boasting 100 photographs and 20 paintings and watercolors by everyone from Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll to John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the exhibition looks at "changing concepts of vision and truth. . . in the Victorian era." The show is organized by Diane Waggoner, and is accompanied by a 240-page catalogue with 200 illustrations.