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Italy, 1797: Napoleon and artistic plunder

March 04, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Speaker: Dr Kathleen Olive
Cost: Free

Our lecture series at Mosman Art Gallery will run in the morning on the first Wednesday of the month. This year we are offering series of short courses, in which Academy Travel’s expert tour leaders work in pairs to bring to life the extraordinary histories, arts and cultures of different regions of the world.

Our first short course, with Robert Veel (February) and Kathleen Olive (March) explores the birth of modern Italy. While Italy’s history, art and culture from Ancient Rome to the Renaissance is perennially interesting, its later history is equally fascinating, from the birth of archaeology in Bourbon Naples to the trials and tribulations of Napoleonic Italy.

LECTURE 2: Italy, 1797: Napoleon and artistic plunder

In 1797, Napoleon’s forces arrived on the outskirts of the Venetian lagoon, and the 500-year-old Most Serene Republic voted itself out of existence. As part of his treaties with Venice – but also Modena, Bologna, the Vatican and on through the city-states of the Italian peninsula – Napoleon insisted on the surrender of priceless manuscripts and works of art that still draw thousands of visitors to French state museums. Kathleen’s talk explores the cultural program that motivated this policy, its effects on Italy’s 18th-century religious institutions and private collections, and its empowerment of great French collectors such as Napoleon’s uncle, Cardinal Joseph Fesch.

Dr Kathleen Olive is a literary and cultural historian with close to 15 years’ experience leading tours to Italy, Spain, France, Turkey, Japan and the United States. Dr Kathleen Olive holds 1st class Honours and a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Sydney, has taught Italian language, history and culture at UTS and the University of Sydney, and continues to lecture for ADFAS, adult education institutions, and the Italian Institute of Culture.

This lecture is free, though RSVP is required through our online booking system below.


March 4, 2020
10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Mosman Art Gallery
Art Gallery Way & Myahgah Road
Mosman, Mosman 2088 Australia
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(02) 9978 4178


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