Tag: NGV Lectures

Lectures | David Solkin, Kate Retford and Martin Myrone on Portraiture | National Gallery of Victoria

Edward Haytley, The Brockman family at Beachborough, c. 1744-46. Oil on canvas, 52.7 x 65 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Everard Studley Miller Bequest, 1963

A trio of public lectures on portraiture by three leading art historians: David H. Solkin FBA (Courtauld Institute of Art), Kate Retford (Birkbeck, University of London) and Martin Myrone (Tate Britain). These scholars are coming to Melbourne as part of the University of Melbourne’s international conference, Human Kind: Transforming Identity in British and Australian Portraits, 1700-1914 and will present three free lectures at the NGV. Information and bookings for the full Human Kind conference can be found here. David Solkin: English or European? Portraiture and the Politics of National Identity in Early Georgian Britain. Thursday 8 September, 6:00pm. Clemenger Theatre, National Gallery…

Lecture | The beginning of the Qing Dynasty | NGV International

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,

Join the President of NGV Voluntary Guides, Ramona Chua, for an in depth exploration of the beginning of the Qing Dynasty. Discover the history of the Manchus, where they came from and how they came to rule China for 268 years. The Qianlong Emperor’s long 60-year reign (1736–1795) was a particularly fascinating time in China’s history where he was a leader of the Golden Age of China. Take a closer look at the paintings and objects created during Qianlong’s reign, and featured in the exhibition. Speaker Ramona Chua, President, NGV Voluntary Guides Date: 11am–12pm, 21st June 2015 Venue: NGV International,…

NGV Lecture | Nefertiti – The Real Story Speaker Marc Gabolde, Egyptologist

EGYPT, el-Amarna Head of Queen Nefertiti 1353 BC-1337 BC limestone 34.3 x 21.0 x 20.5 cm, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Presented by N. de Garis Davies, 1907 616-D2

Nefertiti – The Real Story Marc Gabolde, Egyptologist In anticipation of the NGV’s Ancient World gallery opening in October, this lecture will look at one of the most famous queens in ancient Egypt – Nefertiti. Marc Gabolde is one of the world’s leading scholars on Nefertiti and in recent years has been excavating in the Royal Wadi at Amarna, Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s capital city. Based on cutting edge research, this lecture will look at Nefertiti’s life and role as royal consort to Akhenaten. What is her parentage? Did she rule Egypt in her own right? Is she the mother of…

Short Course | The Age of Impressionism – France & Australia | Monet’s Garden

John Russell, Peonies and head of a woman, c. 1887, oil on canvas, NGV, Melbourne The Joseph Brown Collection. Presented through the NGV Foundation by Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor

Presented by art and cultural historians this series of lectures will delve into the social and cultural world of the Impressionist era in Paris and will address how the Australian artists connected with their international contemporaries. In conjunction with Australian Impressionists in France exhibition.   Sat 3 Aug, 2pm From the Gare Saint Lazare to Giverny We will trace Claude Monet’s artistic and personal journey as he moved ever further from Paris via Argenteuil, Vetheuil to Giverny and became increasingly engrossed in the study of landscape and light. Speaker: Sylvia Sagona, Fellow, The University of Melbourne Sat 10 Aug, 2pm…

Lecture | Richard Wilson at 300 with Paul Spencer-Longhurst

MENGS, Anton Raphael (1728 - 1779), Portrait of Richard Wilson c. 1752  National Museum of Wales

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,…

NGV Short Course | Visions of Paradise – The art and history of garden design

Temple of Ancient Virtue, Stowe

In conjunction with the  exhibition ‘Monet’s Garden’ the National Gallery of Victoria is running a short course on history of garden and landscape design. A series of nine lectures presented by art historians and academics in landscape architecture will explores the art and history of garden design from the Italian Renaissance to today. You can book for the whole course or individual lectures. See th full program below. Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International, St Kilda Rd Bookings: Ph +61 3 8662 1555 (10am-5pm daily), Event CodeP1341 Cost: $20 adult / $16 members / $18 concession (per lecture) | $170 adult /…

Lecture | Matthew Martin ‘Music at the exiled Stuart Court in Rome’

Antonio David, The Baptism of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in Rome, 1725

Music at the exiled Stuart Court Dr Matthew Martin, Assistant Curator, International Decorative Arts and Antiquities The courts of exiled Stuart monarchs James II and James III were distinguished by their rich musical lives and both kings made music an important part of court ceremonial. James II’s court was of great significance in the introduction of a taste for Italian music at the French court, and James III and his musically talented sons influenced opera in Rome. Illustrated with recent musical recordings of period instruments. The lecture will be followed by a free screening of Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948) at…

Lecture | Paul Hills ‘Varieties of Venetian Colour: Titian and Veronese’

Titian, Assumption of the Virgin, 1515-18, Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice.

Varieties of Venetian Colour: Titian and Veronese Professor Paul Hills, The Courtauld Institute of Art Venetian painters of the Renaissance are celebrated above all others for their colour and for their handling of the medium of oil paint. This lecture explores how Titian embodied this aesthetic both in his religious images and in his mythological nudes. Typically his corporeal colour engages the sense of touch as well as sight. The younger master Paolo Veronese responded to Titian’s colorism but also departed from it. The son of stonecutter from Verona, he responded to the new fashion for whiteness in the architecture…

Lecture | Unlocking the Story Behind Kimberley Rock Art: New Perspectives – Archaeology, chronology and rock art in the north west Kimberley – Dr June Ross


Dr June Ross gives us the next chapter in the story begun by Grahame Walsh when he recognised the significance of the ancient rock art in the Kimberley.

The Change & Continuity project aims to establish a chronology and social context for the production of rock art in the region. The project has involved 23 researchers across a range of disciplines and two Indigenous communities.

Lecture | Hugh Belsey ‘Gainsborough in Melbourne’

Thomas Gainsborough, An officer of the 4th Regiment of Foot  (c. 1776-1780), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Felton Bequest, 1922

Gainsborough in Melbourne Hugh Belsey Thomas Gainsborough was the only eighteenth-century British artist to give equal weight to the painting of portraits and landscapes and both are represented in Melbourne. The NGV has the most comprehensive collection of the artist’s work in Australia. Recent research has questioned some of the traditional identities given to the portraits and the seascape is a particularly rare example of his work as a landscapist. Presented by Hugh Belsey, Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, who has studied Thomas Gainsborough for over thirty years and is…

Lecture and Floortalk | ‘The Neo-Impressionists’

Maximilien LUCE French 1858–1941 The port of Saint-Tropez 1893 (Le Port de Saint-Tropez) oil on canvas 73.7 x 91.4 cm  Private collection

The Neo-Impressionists Lecture by Marina Ferreti Bocquillon and floortalk by Anthea Callen Lecture | Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to hear insights by the international guest curator of the exhibition Radiance: The Neo-Impressionists, Marina Ferretti Bocquillon Director scientifique, Musée des impressionisms, Giverny. This lecture is presented in association with Friends of the Gallery Library. Marina Ferretti Bocquillon A specialist in the history of Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism, Marina Ferretti Bocquillon is in charge of Curatorial Direction at the Musée des Impressionnismes (Museum of Impressionisms) in Giverny and also manager of the Signac Archives. She has published numerous essays and books, including Signac aquarelliste…

Richard Haese | Rediscovering the Australian Landscape 1940 – 1980: Nolan, Drysdale and Williams

Russell Drysdale, Tree Form, 1945. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne The Joseph Brown Collection. Presented through the NGV Foundation by Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2004

Rediscovering the Australian Landscape 1940 – 1980: Nolan, Drysdale and Williams Dr Richard Haese – Honorary Associate, Faculty of Humanities, La Trobe University Beginning in the 1940s Sidney Nolan and Russell Drysdale began the rediscovery of the Australian landscape from a modernist perspective, beginning a journey that would take them to the very centre of this arid continent. The challenge of rendering the experience of this so called ‘dead heart’ produced among the most radical paintings in Australian art – a challenge met only by the equally radical landscape painting of Fred Williams from the 1960s onwards. Date: Sunday, 21 October…

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

Shade and Darkness - the Evening of the Deluge exhibited 1843 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

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…

Lecture | Isobel Crombie – Shadow Catchers: The history of the photogram

Simone Douglas, 'Surrender (collision) 111, 1998, Type C photograph, 49 x 67cm.

Shadow Catchers – The history of the photogram This lecture explores the intriguing history of photograms and the resurgence of interest in these camera-less images by contemporary photographers. Speaker Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, NGV Cost $18 Adult / $12 NGV Members / $14 Concession / FREE for tertiary students just present student card at entrance to theatre. Date: Friday 14th September, 2pm Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Level G, NGV International Information & bookings Ph +61 3 8662 1555, 10am-5pm daily, Event Code P1282 ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on