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degas at royal academy

PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:05 pm
by jasperjoffe
Too dark to see properly :roll:

Re: degas at royal academy

PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:38 am
by CAP
Haven't been but I think I know the feeling. Was this one of those shows where the lighting is so low the pictures are reduuced to yellow blurs? It's more like trying to look at pictures by candlelight (and birthday cake candles at that).

I've had some terrible viewing experiences - particularly with big travelling shows - of the insurance/conservator's idea of 'safe' lighting for their masterpieces reducing the whole thing to a pointless gloom. For some reason they confuse colour temperature with luminance! So that you end up with a very red or yellow light (slow end of spectrum) completely distorting a painting's luminance AND colour balance! And not just, say, Renaissance or Medievel stuff - even contemporary photographyy gets given the 'coal mine' treatment by insurers. In the end you're better off looking at reproductions in a good book - at least the photographers for repros actually know what they're doing!


Re: degas at royal academy

PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:33 am
by jasperjoffe
yes, this one was really really dark, I couldn't face squinting, I wonder whether it was a curatorial decision, like the ballet, gettit?