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Victorian Nymphs Join Raphael Treasures, Bronze Spider

By Martin Gayford - 2012-08-29T08:00:16Z

National Gallery via Bloomberg

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"The Rosy Wealth of June"

The National Gallery's "Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present" (Oct. 31 to Jan. 20) looks at the close, not to say incestuous, relationship between the camera and painting from the 19th century to the present. Photographs by celebrated exponents of the lens from Julia Margaret Cameron to Martin Parr will be shown side by side with paintings from the National Gallery's collection. The danger is that oil paintings and photographs tend to fight each other visually -- and paint, being as Damien Hirst put it more "yummy," always wins that tussle.

Left, "The Rosy Wealth of June," 1886, by Ignace-Henri-Theodore Fantin-Latour. The painting is included in "Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present" at the National Gallery in London.