Sex, Lies and Theft in the Late Eighteenth-Century: the Underbelly of the Taste for the Antique

Dr Gerard Vaughan AM, Director, National Gallery of Victoria

The Tribuna of the Uffizi, 1772-7, Johann Zoffany The Royal Collection © 2010, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II RCIN 40698

The possession of antiquities of quality defined the taste of European elites of the late 18th century. As demand far outstripped supply, the search for antiquities often resulted in rampant forgeries, deception and criminal behaviour. Gerard Vaughan will offer a glimpse of the underbelly of neo-classical taste, discussing the antics of these passionate collectors and their dealers, and the strategies they devised to fulfil their desire.

Presented by The Friends of the Gallery Library.

Date: Tuesday, 18 October 2011, 6pm for 6.30pm

Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, (enter North entrance, via the Arts Centre forecourt)

Cost: Friends of the Gallery Library: Free, please give your name and specify that you are a FOTGL at the time of booking. Guest/non member of FOTGL: $18.

Bookings: 03 8662 1555, 10am – 5pm daily – Event code: FOTGL 181011 – Bookings essential, includes refreshments on arrival.

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