08 April 2016
Win Two Tickets to Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age at Tate Britain.
This spring, Tate Britain will uncover the dynamic dialogue between British painters and photographers; from the birth of the modern medium to the blossoming of art photography. Spanning 75 years, the exhibition will bring together nearly 200 works – many for the first time – to reveal their mutual influences. From the first explorations of movement and illumination by David Octavius Hill (1802-70) and Robert Adamson (1821-48) to artful compositions at the turn-of-the-century, the show will discover how painters and photographers redefined notions of beauty and art itself.
The exhibition will honour the role of many women photographers, such as Zaida Ben Yusuf (1869-1933) and the renowned Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79). Cameron’s artistic friendships with George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) and Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1830-94) will be celebrated in a room devoted to their beautiful, enigmatic portraits of each other and shared models, where works including Cameron’s Minstrel Group and Rossetti’s Beata Beatrix will be displayed. The influences on Old Master painting traditions on landscape photography will also be explored.
Highlights of the show will include examples of three-dimensional photography, which incorporated the use of models and props to stage dramatic tableaux from popular works of the time, re-envisioning well-known pictures such as Henry Wallis’s (1830-1916) Chatterton. Such stereographs were widely disseminated and made art more accessible to the public, often being used as a form of after-dinner entertainment for middle class Victorian families. A previously unseen private album in which the Royal family painstakingly re-enacted famous paintings will also be shown, as well as rare examples of early colour photography.
To enter: click the email link here by midnight on 30 April 2016, including your name and contact details. The winners will be selected by a random draw.
Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age
11 May – 25 September 2016
Tate Britain, Linbury Galleries
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00
For information call +44 (0)20 7887 8888, visit tate.org.uk
Image © Left: Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1874 Tate. Right: The Odor of Pomegranates by Zaida Ben-Yusuf 1899, published 1901 Photogravure on paper Tate