Symposium: Medieval Moderns – The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood



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Join a dynamic group of scholars, specialists and collectors who will present papers on one of the most innovative and controversial art movements. Beginning with a guided tour of the exhibition Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with curator Laurie Benson on the Friday morning, the program includes six sessions of speakers over two days.

A detailed program is listed under each day below.

Presented in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne.

Fri 3 Jul, 10am (Past)

10am – 10:30am

  • Guided tour of Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with Laurie Benson, Curator, International Art, NGV

10:30am – 11am

  • An introduction to Pre-Raphaelitism in Australia
    Speaker Dr Alison Inglis, Associate Professor, The University of Melbourne

Session One: 11:30am – 1pm

  • ‘Startle the eye with wonder and delight’:  Julia Margaret Cameron and Pre-Raphaelite photography
    Speaker Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, NGV
  • ‘Morris is beaten gold.’ William Morris and the decorative arts revival
    Speaker Amanda Dunsmore, Senior Curator, International Decorative Arts & Antiquities, NGV
  • The last of the Pre-Raphaelites: Sydney Cockerell and the Melbourne Collections
    Speaker Shane Carmody, Senior Development Manager, The University of Melbourne

Session Two: 2pm – 3:30pm

  • Thomas Woolner – a Pre-Raphaelite in Australia
    Speaker Caroline Clemente, independent scholar, Melbourne
  • The Australian career of E. L. Bateman (1816-1897)
    Speaker Dr Anne Neale, Adjunct Researcher, University of Tasmania
  • Plenty Botanical: Edward La Trobe Bateman and the ‘Station Plenty’, Yallambie
    Speaker Lucy Ellem, Honorary Research Associate, La Trobe University

Session Three: 3:50pm – 5pm

  • New Light on The Light of the World
    Speaker Dr Bronwyn Hughes, Adjunct Fellow, University of Queensland
  • Gilding on wood: Pre-Raphaelite frames
    Speaker John Payne, Senior Conservator, Painting, NGV

Sat 4 Jul, 10am (Past)

10:15am – 10:30am Welcome

10:30am – 11am

  • “Visions of things beautiful may be seen by a bushman after his fashion”: Bernhard Smith between the vectors of Biography and Historiography
    Speaker Dr Juliette Peers, Senior Lecturer, RMIT University

Session Four: 11:30am – 1pm

  • ‘Elementary Outlines’: William Dyce’s Portrait of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII, 1848, in the National Gallery of Victoria
    Speaker Dr Vivien Gaston, Senior Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne
  • The Pre-Pre Raphaelites and the Medieval Obsession: Herbert and his Circle
    Speaker Dr Nancy Langham Hooper, independent scholar, Melbourne
  • 12:30 – 1pm: Viewing of the conservation treatment of J. R. Herbert’s Moses bringing down the Tables of the Law (c.1872-78) on Level 2, NGV International.

Session Five: 2pm – 3pm

  • Valentine Prinsep’s ‘The flight of Jane Shore’ (c.1865): a second-generation Pre-Raphaelite artist and a medieval royal mistress
    Speaker Denise Taylor, independent scholar, Melbourne
  • ‘Wildly Jolly…’?: Baronne Madeleine Deslandes and her portrait by Edward Burne-Jones
    Speaker Emily Wubben, Exhibitions Research Officer, Shrine of Remembrance

Session Six: 3:30pm – 5pm

  • Rupert Bunny and the Pre-Raphaelite Aesthetic
    Speaker Barbara Kane, independent scholar, Melbourne
  • The Medieval Ideal at Fairy Hills: Pre-Raphaelitism and the art of Christian and Napier Waller
    Speaker Grace Carroll, PhD Candidate, Australian National University
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