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Exhibition and Talks | Opening weekend of A Golden of China: Qianlong Emperor 1736-1795 | NGV International

Giuseppe CASTIGLIONE
Italian 1688–1766, worked in China 1714–66
Qianlong Emperor in ceremonial armour on horseback 清人画弘历戎装骑马像轴Qing dynasty, Qianlong period 1739
coloured inks on silk
322.5 x 232.0 cm
The Palace Museum,

The exhibition A Golden of China: Qianlong Emperor 1736-1795 opens today at the NGV International. The exhibition draws on the collections of the Beijing’s Palace Museum in the Forbidden City to tell the story of the great eighteenth-century Qianlong Emperor who ruled China for almost sixty years. He was the fourth emperor of the Qing dynasty and the longest living emperor in Chinese history. The Qianlong Emperor’s long 60-year reign (1736–1795) was a particularly fascinating time in China’s history. Under his rule, China was the wealthiest and most populous nation in the world. Qianlong’s ability to preserve and foster his Manchu warrior-huntsman traditions whilst adopting the Confucian principles of political and cultural leadership, resulted in the successful governing of 150 million Chinese people. It was his ability to adopt Chinese ways,…

UPDATED Lecture | The Gift of Tears: Gender and Emotion in the Art of Rembrandt and his Contemporaries Stephanie S. Dickey

Rembrandt, Suicide of Lucretia, oil on canvas, 1666, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

NB See details below for changed date and venue The Gift of Tears: Gender and Emotion in the Art of Rembrandt and his Contemporaries Stephanie S. Dickey, Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada Literary responses to paintings and prints by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) and other artists of the early modern Netherlands show that art theorists and connoisseurs appreciated the artist’s ability to capture the emotional nuances of a subject. This lecture explores one fundamental aspect of emotional display, the shedding of tears, as represented in historical subjects and portraits. Visual and literary sources reveal patterns in the social significance of emotion, and specifically of sorrow, as related to gender and circumstance. The depiction of…

Lecture | The Gift of Tears: Gender and Emotion in the Art of Rembrandt and his Contemporaries Stephanie S. Dickey

Rembrandt, Suicide of Lucretia, oil on canvas, 1666, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The Gift of Tears: Gender and Emotion in the Art of Rembrandt and his Contemporaries Stephanie S. Dickey, Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada Literary responses to paintings and prints by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) and other artists of the early modern Netherlands show that art theorists and connoisseurs appreciated the artist’s ability to capture the emotional nuances of a subject. This lecture explores one fundamental aspect of emotional display, the shedding of tears, as represented in historical subjects and portraits. Visual and literary sources reveal patterns in the social significance of emotion, and specifically of sorrow, as related to gender and circumstance. The depiction of tearful emotion constituted a key element in the representation…

Public Lecture | Memory, Migration and the Monument: Commemorating the Irish Famine in Ireland and the Diaspora, Emily Mark-Fitzgerald

Eamonn O’Doherty, Great Hunger Memorial, Westchester New York (2001). Photo Emily Mark-FitzGerald.

Memory, Migration and the Monument: Commemorating the Irish Famine in Ireland and the Diaspora Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald, School of Art History & Cultural Policy University College Dublin As the watershed event of 19th century Ireland, the Great Famine’s political and social impacts profoundly shaped modern Ireland and the nations of its diaspora, yet for nearly 150 years any sense of a public or collective ‘memory’ of the Famine period has proved elusive. What changed, then, in the mid-1990s, to occasion the remarkable outpouring of public commemoration and sentiment (described in Irish media as a ‘Famine fever’) that swept across Ireland and the nations of its diaspora during the Famine’s 150th anniversary and reversed the trope of Famine ‘silence’? This presentation…

EVCS: Mark Shepheard, ‘Pompeo Batoni and his Roman Sitters: Portraits of the Sforza Cesarini’

Pompeo Batoni, Portrait of Duke Gaetano II Sforza Cesarini. National Gallery of Victoria.

Mark Shepheard ‘Pompeo Batoni and his Roman Sitters: Portraits of the Sforza Cesarini.’   This paper examines Pompeo Batoni’s two portraits of members of the Sforza Cesarini family: the portrait of Duke Gaetano II in Melbourne and that of a woman traditionally identified as Gaetano’s wife, which hangs today in Birmingham. It readdresses the question of the identity of the sitter in the Birmingham portrait, and explores the social function of portraiture within the Sforza Cesarini’s extensive art collection and the likely place of Batoni’s two portraits within that collection.The paper concludes with a discussion of Batoni’s portraits of Roman sitters and questions the oft-repeated view that the paucity of such portraits was the result of the low esteem in…

Sugden Fellow Lecture: Associate Professor Jill Carrick – The Past in the Present: Art in 1960s France

Le lieu de repos de la famille Delbeck, 1960.

Sugden Fellow Lecture The Past in the Present: Art in 1960s France Associate Professor Jill Carrick From the realistic laden tables of 17th Century Dutch still-lives to contemporary works of art that feature found objects and trash, artists have sought to depict vividly the material objects we use in everyday life. This lecture examines the found-object sculptures of two 1960s artists working in France—Daniel Spoerri and Arman—and explores the intriguing dialogue between past and present enacted in their works. Themes addressed in this lecture include memory and amnesia, postwar modernization, and consumerism. Jill Carrick is Associate Professor in Art History at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. She writes on French post-war art, and her publications include the first book in English…

Lecture: John Paoletti ‘Learn My Language: Strategies of Medici Patronage in Renaissance Florence’

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The Bill Kent Foundation invites you to the Inaugural Bill Kent Memorial Lecture Professor John T. Paoletti Learn My Language: Strategies of Medici Patronage in Renaissance Florence Emeritus Professor John T. Paoletti is currently a Macgeorge Fellow at The University of Melbourne. He was Professor of Art History and the William R Kenan Professor of the Humanities at Wesleyan University. Co-author of Art in Renaissance Italy, a standard text on the subject (now in its third edition), he has also published widely on issues of patronage and on Michelangelo, and is currently completing a book on Michelangelo’s David. He co-edited a benchmark collection of essays – Renaissance Florence: A Social History (Cambridge University Press, 2006/2008) – which Bill Kent reviewed…

Lecture – Chris McAuliffe ‘On fibbing considered as one of the fine arts’

UPDATE: RSVP extended to October 14th. The La Trobe University Alumni Art History Chapter presents, with the National Gallery of Victoria, the thirteenth annual Rae Alexander Lecture Dr Chris McAuliffe Director, Ian Potter Museum of Art (University of Melbourne) On fibbing considered as one of the fine arts Art, according to Picasso, is ‘the lie that tells the truth’. Artists demonstrate their talent for elegant fibbing both in their art and the comments they make upon it. Why are we so willing to accept without question the ‘beautiful lies’ that artists produce? And how does art history navigate truth and untruth in art? Dr Chris McAuliffe is Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne.…

Lecture – Patrick McCaughey ‘In the end there is no such thing as art, only artists’

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Public Lecture at The University of Melbourne Professor Patrick McCaughey ‘In the end there is no such thing as art, only artists’ In his lecture, Professor Patrick McCaughey will expatiate on the nature and significance of Art History – taking as his starting point the famous opening sentence from E. H. Gombrich’s The Story of Art (1950), ‘In the end there is no such thing as art only artists.’ Patrick McCaughey studied Fine Arts and English at the University of Melbourne and became art critic of The Age in 1966. After a period in New York on a Harkness Fellowship, he was appointed Professor of Visual Arts at Monash University in 1972 and went on to become Director of the…

Lecture – ‘Art History and the Diaspora: Ernst Gombrich and the problem of being a Viennese art historian in London’

Ernst Gombrich

Professor Richard Woodfield University of Glasgow Art History and the Diaspora: Ernst Gombrich and the problem of being a Viennese art historian in London 5-6:15 pm Friday 13th August Although Ernst Gombrich attained great eminence through his publications The Story of Art (1950) and Art and Illusion (1960), the precise nature of his work as a commentator on the academic practice of art history never really found a home in British art history. Unlike Erwin Panofsky, who adjusted to the American scene by dropping his commitment to abstract theory, Gombrich’s theoretical commitments were always at the front of his mind. Two of the great English art historians, Lord Clark and Francis Haskell, admitted that they never properly understood him. Norman…

UPDATED DATE CHANGE: The 2010 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture: Städel Sculpture

Please Note the lecture is now on Saturday 19th at 3pm, after the Städel Symposium. Felix Krämer Head of the Städel Museum’s Collection of Nineteenth Century, Modern Painting and Sculpture The 2010 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture: Städel Sculpture The annual lecture of Sculpture is presented jointly by the Duldig Studio and the National Gallery of Victoria. This lecture will be presented by Felix Kramer head of the Städel Museum’s Collection of Nineteenth Century, Modern Painting and Sculpture. He will focus upon sculptures from within the collection of the Städel Museum collection by eminent European artists including Rodin, Renoir, Degas and Beckmann. Time: Saturday 19th June, 3pm Venue: Clemenger BBDO AUditorium, NGV Internation (St Kilda Rd, enter North entrance via the…

The 2010 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture: Städel Sculpture

Edgar Degas - 'Tall Female Dancer, Holding Her Right Foot in Her Right Hand', 1900-1910, 53cm, Bronze, Inv. No. SGP 63. The StEdgar Degas  Tall Female Dancer, Holding Her Right Foot in Her Right Hand  1900-1910  Bronze Inv. No. SGP 63. The Städel Museum.

Felix Krämer Head of the Städel Museum’s Collection of Nineteenth Century, Modern Painting and Sculpture The 2010 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture: Städel Sculpture The annual lecture of Sculpture is presented jointly by the Duldig Studio and the National Gallery of Victoria. This lecture will be presented by Felix Kramer head of the Städel Museum’s Collection of Nineteenth Century, Modern Painting and Sculpture. He will focus upon sculptures from within the collection of the Städel Museum collection by eminent European artists including Rodin, Renoir, Degas and Beckmann. Time: Monday 21st June, 6pm for a 6:30pm start. Venue: Clemenger BBDO AUditorium, NGV Internation (St Kilda Rd, enter North entrance via the Arts Centre forecourt). Cost: Free (complimentary glass of sparkling wine on…

Lecture: Sophie Matthieson ‘Drawing a Long Bow? Boccherini and the Madrid Visit’

Anonymous, 'Portrait of Luigi Boccherini', c.1764-1767. Oil on canvas, 133.8 x 90.7 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Everard Studley Miller Bequest, 1962.

The Friends of the Gallery Library ‘Drawing a Long Bow? Boccherini and the Madrid Visit’ Sophie Matthiesson Curator, International Art, National Gallery of Victoria Thursday 27 May, 2010, 6pm for 6.30pm This lecture follows the young virtuoso composer and cellist Luigi Boccherini to the Spanish court, where he arrived in 1768, aged twenty-four. The glittering cultural scene of Madrid and its surrounding royal palaces boasted some of Europe’s finest artists and attracted a stream of noble and diplomatic visitors and many key figures of the Enlightenment. In such a cosmopolitan milieu numerous opportunities existed for a portrait of this musical celebrity to be painted. The origins of the National Gallery of Victoria portrait of Luigi Boccherini continue to elude scholars…

Reminder: Dr Lucy-Anne Hunt Lecture Thursday 13 May

The Fine Arts Network in collaboration with Art History, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne, present: The Joseph Burke Lecture 2010 Dr Lucy-Anne Hunt Professor and Head of Art, Faculty of Art & Design, Manchester Metropolitan University, England ‘Eastern Christian Art and Culture: Convergence between Jerusalem, Greater Syria and Egypt between the 12th-14th Centuries’ Lucy-Anne Hunt’s interests and publications focus on cross-cultural analysis between Byzantine and Islamic, and Christian and Muslim art and culture in the Middle Ages through the study of Byzantine, Eastern Christian – especially Coptic and Syrian – as well as Crusader art. Date: Thursday 13 May 2010,  6.30pm Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre, University of Melbourne (Parkville). Free Public Lecture All Welcome.   Bookings not…