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Painting meets photography: Nikon School goes to The National Gallery

Adriaen Coorte. Still Life with Strawberries, Gooseberries and Asparagus. 1703. © The National Gallery, London
Adriaen Coorte. Still Life with Strawberries, Gooseberries and Asparagus. 1703. © The National Gallery, London (Image credit: Nikon / The National Gallery)

Nikon is teaming up with The National Gallery for a free one-hour event that will see Nikon Ambassador Donna Crous and the National Gallery’s Curatorial Fellow Lucy Chiswell discuss the similarities and differences between two major art forms, painting and photography, focusing on still life. 

During the talk, Lucy will discuss the artistic qualities of Adraien Coort’s small but powerful 16th Century painting, ‘Still Life with a Bowl of Strawberries, a Spray of Gooseberries, Asparagus and a Plum’, part of The National Gallery’s permanent collection, whilst Donna shares how she drew inspiration from this piece, using it to inform the creation of her own photography work, commissioned especially for this talk.

This lively discussion will give you tips on how to emulate the light, composition and colour seen in both Donna’s images and Adraien Coorts paintings, whilst also giving you behind-the-scenes access into the processes used by both artists.

The webinar takes place between 5-6pm on Tuesday 15 December 2020 and is free to book via Nikon School

Donna Crous is an award-winning blogger and food photographer living in Surrey, UK. She has been a finalist in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition, and shortlisted in the Stylist Award category for 2019 and 2020. (Image credit: Nikon / The National Gallery)

Lucy Chiswell is the Dorset Curatorial Fellow at the National Gallery, specialising in paintings from 1600 to 1800. Her recent research has focused on Bernardo Bellotto’s views of the Fortress of Königstein and she is currently working on the exhibition Artemisia (3 October 2020–24 January 2021). (Image credit: Nikon / The National Gallery)

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