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Title: The Pre-Raphaelite Lens
Publisher: U.S.A.: Ashgate Publishing - eBooks Account EU
Publication Date: 2010
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As photography steadily gained a foothold in the 1840s, a group of British painters calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelites came of age. Answering John Ruskin's call to study nature, 'rejecting nothing, selecting nothing, and scorning nothing,' these young painters were also spurred on by the possibilities of the new medium (introduced in 1839), particularly its ability to capture every nuance, every detail. And yet, the Pre-Raphaelites' debt to photography has barely been acknowledged. From photography, painters learned to see anew: adapting such radical qualities as abrupt cropping, planar recession, and a lack of modulation between forms, painters made their art modern, sometimes shockingly so. Photographers in turn looked to Pre-Raphaelite visual strategies and subject matter - mined from literature, history, religion - to secure,' as Julia Margaret Cameron wrote, 'the character and uses of High Art.' These artists developed a shared vocabulary - featuring light and minute detail as an emblem of visual truth - which helped launch realism as the century's dominant visual mode. 'Exactness,' a critic affirmed in 1856, 'is the tendency of the age.' This volume explores the rich dialogue between photography and painting through the themes of landscape, portraiture, literary and historical narratives and modern-life subjects. These artists - from photographers Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, Henry Peach Robinson and Oscar Gustave Rejlander, to such painters as John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John William Inchbold - not only had much in common, but also upended traditional approaches to making pictures.About the Author:
Diane Waggoner is Associate Curator in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art. Tim Barringer is the Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. Joanne Lukitsh is Professor of Art History at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Jennifer L. Roberts is the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. Britt Salvesen is Department Head and Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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