Seduced by Art Exhibition Hardback Catalogue

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Hope Kingsley is Curator, Education and Collections at the Wilson Centre for Photography. She has previously contributed to publications including The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860–1900.

Christopher Riopelle is Curator of Post-1800 Paintings at the National Gallery, London, and author/collaborator on several National Gallery titles such as Picasso: Challenging the Past and Sisley in England and Wales.

Published to accompany the exhibition Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present at the National Gallery, London, 31 October 2012 – 20 January 2013.

Seduced by Art takes an engaging look at how the past still influences the work of contemporary practitioners. In the nineteenth century, pioneers such as Julia Margaret Cameron and Oscar Gustav Rejlander looked to the Old Masters – whose value was proven – to inspire this new pictorial medium. Today’s photographers no longer struggle to assert the medium’s status, yet they continue to quote the great painters: Caravaggio, Constable, Degas, Delacroix, Ingres and countless others at the National Gallery are referenced and reinterpreted. Why is the art of the past still so beguiling? This book sets out to answer that question, addressing the genres of history painting, portraiture, the nude, still life and landscape.

Interviews with Tina Barney, Richard Billingham, Maisie Broadhead, Rineke Dijkstra, Sarah Jones and Richard Learoyd give compelling glimpses into the world of the contemporary photographer, discussing their influences and working methods. Seduced by Art is essential reading for anyone who is interested in photography and painting, and their complex and often surprising relationship.


Introduction • Art history and photography • Portraiture • Figure Studies • Still Life • Landscape • Glossary • Biographies of photographers

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Catalogue Reviews:

"The show and the catalogue couldn’t be better."
Richard Dorment, Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2012.

Product Information

Product Code 1033703
ISBN 9781857095456
format Hardback
illustrations Approx. 150 illustrations, colour and b/w
pages 216
published Oct 2012
publisher National Gallery Company
words Approx. 40,000
Dimensions 15 X 24.9 X 1.5 cm

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