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Women, art and fashion: an afternoon of lectures at the NGV

February 29, 2020 @ 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Dr Kathleen Olive, Ann MacArthur
Cost: A$15.00

Join Dr Kathleen Olive and Ann MacArthur, two of Australia’s foremost experts in their fields, for a thought-provoking afternoon where East meets West, exploring the influence of women in Renaissance Italy and Heian era Kyoto.

Dr Kathleen Olive, a scholar of the Italian Renaissance whose work has been presented to Pope Francis as the official gift of the City of Florence, discusses the little-known lives and working conditions of women artists in the Italian Renaissance. While the great male artists of the Renaissance are well-known, it’s only recently that serious attention has been paid to the trailblazing women artists of Italy.

Trigger warning: Kathleen’s talk includes discussion of a serious assault.

Ann MacArthur, former senior coordinator of Asian programs at Art Gallery of NSW and currently a curator at Sydney’s Museum of Applied Arts, discusses the history of the kimono, from the 12 layered kimono worn by women at the ancient court of Kyoto to the use of woodblock prints and pattern books used by courtesans and commoners in the 17th century, and contemporary attempts to revitalize the traditional dress.

Date: Saturday 29 February, 2020
Time: 2.30pm-5.00pm
Location: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Cost: $15 per person
Ticket booking: Online booking essential. Book your ticket below.


February 29, 2020
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Dr Kathleen Olive, Ann MacArthur


National Gallery of Victoria, NGV Melbourne
180 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, VIC 3006 Australia
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