Tag: British Art

Lecture | ‘Re-visiting Peter Lely’: a Dutch painter in seventeenth-century London – Diana Dethloff | University of Melbourne

Peter Lely's Portrait of Sir John Rous

The Dutch-born artist Peter Lely was an important figure in seventeenth-century British portrait painting. His position as Principal Painter at the court of Charles II, and his portraits of royal mistresses and privileged courtiers have, for many, come to define the Restoration period, as well as earning Lely the reputation of being nothing more than a fashionable face painter. This lecture aims to present a more balanced assessment of an artist who enjoyed a working life of almost forty years, only half of which were as royal painter, and examines Lely’s work during the earlier periods of English civil war and Commonwealth government, in addition to that for the Restoration Court. As well as arguing for a more balanced view of this interesting and prolific artist, this discussion will provide a useful context for the National Gallery of Victoria’s own Lely portrait…

Faculty of Arts Dean’s Lecture | Art and Detection: Investigating Louis Duffy, a Forgotten British Painter of the Second World War – Ted Gott | University of Melbourne

In September 2006 the National Gallery of Victoria acquired at auction a remarkable painting by a virtually unknown artist: Christ Turning Out the Money Lenders, a work attributed by the auction house to a ‘Louis Duffy, 20th century’. This impressively large painting shows sixteen men dressed in c. 1940 business suits, gathered in tense confrontation in a modern-day retelling of the New Testament account of Christ expelling the money changers from the Temple. In Duffy’s composition, the Temple setting has been transmuted into a modern graveyard, and the money changers have morphed into mid-20th-century arms dealers trading munitions on the graves of the dead, the ultimate profit-and-loss indicators of their grim transactions. The subsequent arrival of Duffy’s painting in Melbourne in late 2006 sparked considerable debate about the meaning and significance of the gallery’s new acquisition. Examination of the painting’s…

Publication | New open access journal ‘British Art Studies’ from the Paul Mellon Centre

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC), London, and the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), New Haven have launched a new online and open access journal called British Art Studies. It is always great to see more open access publications and the interface of this online journal has clearly been carefully thought through and designed specifically for online reading (rather than just pdfs on a website). From the editorial of their first edition: British Art Studies is the joint publication of two research centres dedicated to British art: the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC), London, and the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), New Haven. The journal has grown out of many conversations and collaborations between the two centres, working with scholars and institutions worldwide. The foremost aim of British Art Studies (BAS) is to…

Lecture | The Artist as Collector: Sir Joshua Reynolds and his Collection of Art | Donato Esposito

Dr Donato Esposito will present a lecture on Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), the first and most famous President of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, focussing upon his activities as a collector of art. Dr Donato Esposito was a curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, London (1999-2004). He co-curated the exhibition “Sir Joshua Reynolds: the acquisition of genius” at Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery in 2009. He was recently an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He is currently working on a monograph on Reynolds as an art collector. Date: Wednesday 29th July, 6:30pm Venue: theatre D, Old Arts Building, University of Melbourne Parkville Website: https://events.unimelb.edu.au/events/5480-the-artist-as-collector-sir-joshua-reynolds-and-his-collection All Welcome. Free to attend.  

Lecture: ‘In Every Respect Equal’: John Rogers Herbert (1810-1890) and the Monumental Moses | NGV

In 1872 the NGV purchased a large mural of Moses Bringing Down the Tables of the Law by John Rogers Herbert, originally created for Parliament in London. However, it was more than a mere copy. Its earnest artist wrote that he wanted Melbourne to have an original, and he achieved this in a surprising way. Though it was initially popular with Melburnians, it was rolled up 70 years ago and hasn’t been on display since.  Now, unrolled at last, what can we discover about this enigmatic painting, concerned with law and justice? Speaker Dr Nancy Langham Hooper, art historian Date: 2pm–3pm, 14th June 2015 Venue: NGV International, Ground Level, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium Tickets:Cost $16 M / $20 A / $18 C Booking required: Code P1543, Ph +61 3 8662 1555, 10am–5pm daily Website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/lecture-in-every-respect-equal-john-rogers-herbert-1810-1890-and-the-monumental-moses/?dateNo=0

Exhibition Review | Medieval Moderns, National Gallery of Victoria | Monique Webber

Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood,  NGV International, 11 April – 12 July 2015 The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB) burnt brightly and quickly. Forming in 1848, the seven original artists – John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James Collinson, Thomas Woolner, William Michael Rossetti, and Frederic George Stephens – worked cohesively for little more than five years. Only Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti remained directly involved in the movement. While Hunt continued as a largely independent artist, Rossetti later became a driving force in the second generation of the Brotherhood centred around William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. Despite the brevity of their activity, the PRB had a profound influence upon the Industrial era. Rejecting the enforced hierarchies of beauty and genre of the Academy, they adopted Ford Madox Brown’s search for humanity and nature in art. Their aim to revitalise…

Online Resource | Unpublished archives of British artists made available online

The Tate has begun to digitise its archives of British artists. These objects, which include letters, drawings, diaries, and photographs are now available to everyone to view on the Tate’s website. It also seems like much (or even all) of the material has been released under a non-commercial, non-derivative Collective Commons license. From the Tate press release Tate announced today that intimate love letters from Paul Nash to his wife, touching family photographs of Jacob Epstein, unpublished images revealing Eduardo Paolozzi’s playful nature, 45 volumes of Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture records and correspondence from William Nicholson to his son Ben are among the first batch of items to be made available on Tate’s website for a world-wide audience as part of the Archives and Access project.The project draws on the world’s largest archive of British Art – Tate Archive – and brings it together…

Melbourne Portrait Group Seminar | Emily Wubben: ‘Artistic Souls: Baronne Madeleine Deslandes and her portrait by Edward Burne-Jones’

Please note venue change – seminar will now be held in the Visual Resource Centre in the John Medley building. Time and date are the same. This paper will investigate Sir Edward Burne-Jones’s enigmatic portrait of Baronne Madeleine Deslandes (1895-96), which was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in late 2005. Baronne Deslandes (1866–1929) was the celebrated hostess of a cultured Parisian salon that was frequented by renowned artists, poets and composers. Using contemporary accounts of Deslandes, this paper will explore the degree to which her portrait by Burne-Jones reflected her character. Capturing a sitter’s likeness was not central to the portraits by Burne-Jones, in which he depicted his own perception of beauty. Further, the deliberate inclusion of the background foliage and the crystal globe resting in the sitter’s delicately entwined fingers suggests a symbolic dimension to the painting’s interpretation.…

Call for Applications | Graduate Seminar in British Print Culture in a Transnational Context, 1700-2014

British Print Culture in a Transnational Context, 1700-2014 Graduate Summer Seminar, 21 – 25 July 2014, The Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, 16 Bedford Square, London In July 2014, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art will offer a week-long graduate student seminar focusing on British print culture. This is open to doctoral candidates who are working on related topics, or whose research would benefit from a deeper knowledge of the subject. There is a substantial body of literature on British prints that takes the form of survey publications, monographic studies of individual printmakers, and studies of individual techniques, and a number of scholars and doctoral students are currently undertaking research related to these topics. However, the broad field of British print culture still remains relatively underexplored, and its importance for those working in other areas of…

Lecture | Between Surrealism and Pop: The early career of Eduardo Paolozzi – Ryan Johnston

Between Surrealism and Pop: The early career of Eduardo Paolozzi Ryan Johnston, Head of Art, Australian War Memorial This lecture will explore the early career and intellectual biography of Eduardo Paolozzi. Beginning with his experience of the Second World War, the lecture will trace his formative years in post-war Paris, where he sought out the legacy of the historical avant-garde and then 1950s London where, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, he was a member of the Independent Group, an informal, cross-disciplinary think-tank dedicated to the investigation of popular culture. Venue: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Ground Level Date: 2-3pm, Saturday 26th October NGV website

Lecture | Richard Wilson at 300 with Paul Spencer-Longhurst

Richard Wilson at 300 Dr Paul Spencer-Longhurst The artist Richard Wilson RA was born 300 years ago on 1 August 1713 or 1714. He grew up to become not only the leading British landscapist of his generation but one of the great artistic pioneers of the Eighteenth Century. Fourteen years older than his more famous contemporary, Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), Wilson spent seven years in Italy and became highly popular in his own day – not least because he made of landscape painting something more than the merely topographical or descriptive. In his later years, however, for reasons that remain unclear, his reputation underwent a catastrophic decline, from which it recovered only slowly. Even today, how many of those who profess to admire Gainsborough, Turner and Constable have even heard of Wilson? To mark the Tercentenary of the artist’s birth the…

Lecture | Sandy Nairne ‘Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners’

Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners In 1994 two paintings by J.M.W Turner were stolen from a public gallery in Frankfurt while on loan from the Tate in London. Sandy Nairne will speak on the complex story of the theft including the return of the pictures in 2002. Sandy Nairne is the Director of the National Portrait Gallery in London. Date: Tuesday 2nd October, 6 for 6.30pm Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium (enter North Entrance via Arts Centre forecourt), Information and Bookings: Ph 8662 1555, 10am–5pm daily, Code P12146. Cost: $25 A / $20 M / $22 C (includes a glass of sparkling on arrival).

Lecture | Landscape, Ancient Monuments and Memory in Early Modern Britain – Alexandra Walsham

Landscape, Ancient Monuments and Memory in Early Modern Britain  Professor Alexandra Walsham, Greg Dening Lecture In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the landscape of the British Isles was littered with mysterious remnants of the prehistoric past: stone circles, chambered tombs, and standing stones. This lecture explores the evolution of early modern ideas about the origin, function and significance of these monuments. It considers how attitudes towards the partly natural and partly man-made physical environment were shaped and transformed by the profound theological upheavals associated with the Protestant Reformation and by intellectual and cultural developments that fostered a growing fascination with the early history and archaeology of Britain and Ireland. Then, as now, people perceived and interpreted the landscape through the prism of their own moral and spiritual values and social and political preoccupations. The lecture will assess the critical importance…

Talk: British Watercolours in the National Gallery of Victoria

Short Talks Afternoon: British Watercolours in the National Gallery of Victoria Hear about the NGV’s significant collection of British watercolours and how it was assembled, and the rise of the “exhibition” watercolour in the 19th century that sought to rival oil painting in size, brilliance of colour and effect. Speakers Cathy Leahy, Senior Curator, Prints & Drawings, NGV, Assoc Prof Alison Inglis, The University of Melbourne and Caroline Clemente, freelance art historian Date: Sun 6 Nov, 2– 4.30pm Cost: $25 Adult / $20 NGV Member / $22 Concession & Student (includes afternoon tea, bookings essential) Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International, St Kilda Rd. Bookings and Information: Ph +61 3 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily. Event code P11247.

Call for Papers – The British World: Religion, Memory, Culture and Society, July 2012

The British World: Religion, Memory, Culture and Society University of Southern Queensland, July 2nd to July 5th, 2012 Proposals are now invited for ‘The British World Conference, to be held at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, in conjunction with the Public Memory Research Centre and the Anglican Historical Society of Australia. The conference seeks to increase scholarly understandings of the religious and cultural adjustments that accompanied British political change and expansion. This conference is an exciting regional and international opportunity for the convergence of scholars in a range of disciplines, from history, religious studies, literature, e-pedagogies, education, post-colonialism, anthropology, legal studies, sociology and indigenous studies. This conference will provide a stimulating forum for the latest research in a range of disciplines. Abstracts are welcome on any aspect of history and or place where the government, religion, people and cultures…