Antonio Vivarini (studio of), Master of the Stories of Helen, The Garden of Love, (c.1465-1470), National Gallery of Victoria

Melbourne Masterclass: Objects, Sounds and Stories of Love
Wednesdays 12, 19, and 26 April, 6.00pm-8.30pm

Love, a complex emotion to say the least, has inspired artists and creative practitioners for centuries, generating countless artworks, objects, poems, books, musical compositions and films. Over three weeks this masterclass will explore the materiality, visions and sounds of love in response to the exhibition Love: Art of Emotion 1400-1800 held at the National Gallery of Victoria (March 31- June 18 2017); a collaborative project produced with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne.

Love: Art of Emotion 1400–1800 draws upon the NGV’s diverse permanent collection to explore the theme of love in art, and the changing representations of this complex emotion throughout the early modern period in Europe. While popular conceptions of love tend to focus upon romantic love, Love: Art of Emotion explores love’s varied manifestations across the realms of human experience and exchange, including familial relationships, religious devotion, friendship, altruism, patriotism, narcissism and materialism. The exhibition presents depictions of love’s many variations in painting, sculpture, prints and drawings, as well as non-representational and functional objects which might be perceived as infused with emotion.

Each week will explore a theme within the exhibition. Led by Love: Art of Emotion curator and lead researcher, Dr Angela Hesson, the masterclass series will be a blend of lectures, discussions and performances by some of the University’s most celebrated scholars and musicians. There will also be exclusive exhibition viewing for the first two sessions.

To view the full program, including speaker biographies and abstracts, download the program flyer.

To register visit this website

Program outline:

Wednesday 12 April: Objects of Love: History
Introduction by Dr Angela Hesson
Speakers: Professor Charles Zika, Dr Matthew Martin
Venue: Clemenger Auditorium BBDO, NGV International

Wednesday 19 April: Stories of Love: Film and Literature
Introduction by Dr Angela Hesson
Speakers: Professor Stephanie Trigg, Dr Mark Nicholls, Dr Lucy Van
Venue: Clemenger Auditorium BBDO, NGV International

Wednesday 26 April: Sounds of Love: Music
Introduction by Dr Angela Hesson
Speakers: Professor Jane Davidson, David Haberfeld, Dr Erin Helyard, Dr Anthony Lyons
Venue: Forum Theatre, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville

Cost: $40 individual session / $100 series pass (Includes light refreshments)

This masterclass program and free exhibition are subsidized through the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Spaces are limited.