image for Lecture item typeCostume and Accessories in Art at The Fleet

Lecture, Thu 10 Nov 2016, free entry


Fleet Way,
Old Fletton,

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This lecture, by Dr Lois Oliver, is based on the latest research and explores the significance of everything, from armour to silk slippers, in masterpieces from the National Gallery collection.

Clothing and accessories play a highly significant role in many works of art. For artists, luxury fabrics, fine lace, embroidery and jewellery have provided a showcase for their virtuosity, while also conveying fascinating messages about the depicted figures, their aspirations and relationships.

Ranging from 1500 to 1900, the lecture features outstanding works by such masters as Bellini, Moroni, Hals, Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Ingres and Renoir. It is illustrated with stunning close-up details from the paintings and surviving historic costumes.

Lois studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute, completing an MA in Venetian Renaissance Art and writing her doctoral thesis on The Image of the Artist, Paris 1815 – 1855.

She worked at the Harvard University Art Museums before joining the curatorial team at the V&A. She then went to the National Gallery in London, where she curated the major exhibition ‘Rebels and Martyrs’ in 2006 and a series of touring exhibitions.

Currently, she is Associate Professor in History of Art at the University of Notre Dame (USA) in London and a Visiting Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute. In addition, she writes specialist audio and multimedia tours for organisation such as the National Gallery, National Maritime Museum, Royal Academy and the Tate.

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Thu 10 Nov 2016 10:15 to 12:00


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