Tate Britain examines the similarities between painting and photography, from the pre-Raphaelites all the way through to the modern age. 

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Evening Standard:**** Matthew Collings said: “Painting with Light manages to never be in the slightest bit boring.”

The Upcoming: *** Anna Souter wrote: “the general tone of the exhibition is one of academic documentary, which doesn’t make for gripping viewing.”

Fad Magazine: Tabish Khan found that: “It’s an interesting topic but there’s nothing on the walls that really grabs the visitor.”

The Times: *** Nancy Durrant thought it was: “a quieter show than you might expect, at least at first.”

The Telegraph: ***Alastair Sooke commented: “it remains steadfastly cautious and academic.”

The exhibition spans across 70 years of art history to bring 200 works of art together, many of which are on display for the first time. It is a display that compares and contrasts painting and photography, while also discovering how painters and photographers redefined the notions of beauty and art itself.

But the exhibition is also an opportunity to celebrate the role of women photographers, such as Zaida Ben-Yusuf (1869-1933) and the renowned Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79).

Meanwhile, highlights of the display include examples of three-dimensional photography, which incorporated the use of models and props to stage dramatic tableaux from popular works of the time, a previously unseen private album in which the Royal family painstakingly re-enacted famous paintings is also exhibited, as well as rare examples of early colour photography.

Painting with Light is on display at Tate Britain until the 25th September 2016. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/painting-light

 

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