Art appreciation lecture series 2018

    • 	Image: Francois Boucher The Rape of Europa c1732–34 (detail) oil on canvas, Wallace Collection, London, UK / Bridgeman Images
    • The hidden language of art: symbol and allusion

      Member, Lecture / symposium, Course

From cave painting to contemporary video, artists in every culture use symbols and allegory to add meaning to their subject. But if we can’t decode these images, how can we understand the story behind them or the message the artist wishes to convey?

In 2018, the Art Gallery Society of NSW’s art appreciation lecture series will explore the visual clues behind some of the world’s great masterpieces: the mythologies of East and West, for example, that inspired painters from Titian to Anselm Kiefer and Grayson Perry; fabled Mughal gardens; the subtle gestures of Renaissance Madonnas; sacred geometry in Rome; Enigmatic Velázquez; Hogarth’s moral mazes; forgotten histories, personal secrets and coded connotations.

Over 36 weeks, in lectures by 32 distinguished curators and art historians, The hidden language of art will reach into the past to interpret elusive imagery that can still speak to the present. An unmissable series.

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Wednesdays: Full series:sold out • Term 1:sold out • Term 2Term 3

Thursdays: Full series and Term subscriptions sold out

Individual lectures: see below

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Various Wednesdays 6pm and Thursdays, 1pm
31 January - 15 November 2018
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Full year: non-member $850, member $600
Per term: non-member $350, member $250
Per lecture: non-member $40, member $30

Term 1: 31 January – 3 May
Term 2: 9 May – 9 August
Term 3: 15 August – 15 November

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

Cancellations:
Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With full year or per term tickets, there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled. Not negotiable.

Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre

Proudly sponsored by
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Image: Francois Boucher The Rape of Europa c1732–34 (detail) oil on canvas, Wallace Collection, London, UK / Bridgeman Images

    • Gardens and pavilions: politics and symbolism in the Mughal landscape

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      Wednesday 31 January 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 1 February 1pm – 2pm
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      Michael Brand

    • Aboriginal bark painting: the Macassan connection

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      Wednesday 7 February 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 8 February 1pm – 2pm
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      Cara Pinchbeck

    • Balancing the (heavenly) books: Giotto’s arena chapel

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      Wednesday 14 February 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 15 February 1pm – 2pm
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      Louise Marshall

    • Ancient Greece: the invention of the classical orders

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      Wednesday 21 February 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 22 February 1pm – 2pm
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      Peter Kohane

    • Not just a pretty picture: understanding gesture in Renaissance Madonnas

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      Wednesday 28 February 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 1 March 1pm – 2pm
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      Louise Marshall

    • Peacemaker, hero, warrior, lover: the many lives of Vishnu

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      Wednesday 7 March 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 8 March 1pm – 2pm
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      Melanie Eastburn

    • Clues, hidden symbolism and early Renaissance art

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      Wednesday 14 March 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 15 March 1pm – 2pm
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      Anne Dunlop

    • Rebirth in Caravaggio’s 'Conversion of Saint Paul'

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      Wednesday 21 March 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 22 March 1pm – 2pm
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      Michael Hill

    • The strange world of Albrecht Dürer

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      Wednesday 28 March 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 29 March 1pm – 2pm
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      Alisa Bunbury

      Note: Alisa Bunbury replaces Peter Raissis for this lecture as previously advertised. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

    • Secrets of the Sistine: Michelangelo’s triumph and torment

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      Wednesday 4 April 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 5 April 1pm – 2pm
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      Lorraine Kypiotis

    • Geometry and light in San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

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      Wednesday 11 April 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 12 April 1pm – 2pm
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      Michael Hill

    • The enigma of Velázquez’s 'Las Meninas'

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      Wednesday 2 May 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 3 May 1pm – 2pm
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      Wednesday 21 November 6pm – 7pm
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      Lisa Beaven

      Note: Due to the hosting of an international diplomatic event, the Art Gallery of NSW will close early Wednesday 2 May. The Wednesday lecture will now take place on 21 November, not 2 May as previously advertised. The Thursday lecture will still take place as scheduled. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

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    • Abducting Europa: metamorphosis and misadventure in art

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      Wednesday 9 May 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 10 May 1pm – 2pm
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      Mark Ledbury

    • Nicolas Poussin: 'Peintre Philosophe'

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      Wednesday 16 May 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 17 May 1pm – 2pm
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      Christopher Allen

    • The concealed iconography of Japanese Christians in the 17th century

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      Wednesday 23 May 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 24 May 1pm – 2pm
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      Olivia Meehan

    • A window on to heaven: optical illusions and allusions in Baroque Rome

      Wednesday 30 May 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 31 May 1pm – 2pm
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      Steven Miller

    • Modern morality in Hogarth and Gainsborough

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      Wednesday 6 June 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 7 June 1pm – 2pm
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      Georgina Cole

    • 'Vertu et Patrie': David, Neoclassicism and the Revolution

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      Wednesday 13 June 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 14 June 1pm – 2pm
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      Mark Ledbury

    • River stories: the art of Australian waters

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      Wednesday 20 June 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 21 June 1pm – 2pm
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      Amanda Peacock

    • Blindness in the enlightenment

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      Wednesday 27 June 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 28 June 1pm – 2pm
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      Georgina Cole

    • Desire, devotion, longing: symbols of love 1700-1900

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      Wednesday 4 July 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 5 July 1pm – 2pm
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      Angela Hesson

    • Victorian painting: uncovering forgotten narratives

      Wednesday 25 July 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 26 July 1pm – 2pm
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      Alison Inglis

    • Symbolism and the 'femme fatale'

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      Wednesday 1 August 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 2 August 1pm – 2pm
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      Denise Mimmocchi

    • Dorothea Tanning and surrealism

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      Wednesday 8 August 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 9 August 1pm – 2pm
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      Wednesday 3 October 6pm – 7pm
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      Victoria Carruthers

      Note – The Wednesday lecture will now take place on 3 October, not 8 August as previously advertised. The Thursday lecture will still take place as scheduled. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience.

    • Picasso and 'the unknown masterpiece'

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      Wednesday 15 August 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 16 August 1pm – 2pm
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      Terence Maloon

    • Sidney Nolan: decoding the embodied landscape

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      Wednesday 22 August 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 23 August 1pm – 2pm
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      Deborah Edwards

    • The iconography of Arthur Boyd

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      Wednesday 29 August 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 30 August 1pm – 2pm
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      Kendrah Morgan

    • Woman as national allegory in modern Indian and Indonesian art

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      Wednesday 5 September 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 6 September 1pm – 2pm
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      Chaitanya Sambrani

    • Seeing desire: Marcel Duchamp’s 'Étant Donnés'

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      Wednesday 12 September 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 13 September 1pm – 2pm
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      Jaime Tsai

    • Following the line: understanding south-east art practices

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      Wednesday 19 September 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 20 September 1pm – 2pm
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      Jonathan Jones

    • Louise Bourgeois: the subject of pain is the business I am in

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      Wednesday 26 September 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 27 September 1pm – 2pm
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      Jason Smith

    • Anselm Kiefer: master of myth

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      Wednesday 17 October 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 18 October 1pm – 2pm
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      Jane Clark

    • Identity, displacement, loss and redemption: the art of Imants Tillers

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      Wednesday 24 October 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 25 October 1pm – 2pm
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      Wayne Tunnicliffe

    • Grayson Perry: truths and beliefs

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      Wednesday 31 October 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 1 November 1pm – 2pm
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      Rachel Kent

    • Performing pop culture in Australian art

      Wednesday 7 November 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 8 November 1pm – 2pm
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      Daniel Mudie Cunningham

    • A present past

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      Wednesday 14 November 6pm – 7pm
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      Thursday 15 November 1pm – 2pm
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      Lisa Slade

    • The enigma of Velázquez’s 'Las Meninas'

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      Wednesday 21 November 6pm – 7pm
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      Lisa Beaven

      Note: Due to the Art Gallery of NSW hosting of an international diplomatic event, the Wednesday 2 May lecture has been transferred to 21 November.