Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 October at 2 pm
Join a 10-minute talk on a work in the exhibition. Free with admission to the exhibition. In English. Meet in the exhibition space.
Group Tours for Adults
Monday 12 October 2015 to Sunday 3 January 2016
Explore the Beauty’s Awakening exhibition on a guided group tour. Groups must include a minimum of 10 people. Cost: $7 + Gallery admission. Registration required. Please call 613-990-4888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathleen M. Fenwick Annual Memorial Lecture
The Daydream of Painting: Drawing in Victorian England
Thursday 29 October from 6 to 7 pm
In English with bilingual question period. Meet in the Lecture Hall.
Ticket required: $8 (adults), $7 (seniors and students), and $6 (members). Purchase tickets at the Gallery’s box office in person, or by phone at 613-998-8888 or 1-888-541-8888.
Leading Victorian art expert Christopher Newall will address the importance of drawing in the context of British art of the second half of the nineteenth century, focussing on the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and artists of the Aesthetic Movement. Some of the most remarkable and progressive Victorian painters, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and Frederic Leighton, used drawing to invent their compositions and refine their ideas. Their drawings were seldom intended to be seen outside of the studio and therefore reveal a freedom and originality that was sometimes lost in their more self-conscious finished paintings. A contributing author to the catalogue accompanying Beauty’s Awakening, Newall maintains that the medium of drawing was decidedly personal and one in which artists expressed themselves without concern for convention or the expectations of the commercial art world. Ultimately, the intimacy of such expression came to be seen as fascinating and valuable in its own right.
Meet the Experts: Sonia Del Re and Dr. Dennis T. Lanigan
Friday 30 October from 12 to 1 pm
Free with admission to the exhibition. In English with bilingual question period. Meet in the exhibition space.
Meet Sonia Del Re, Associate Curator of European, American and Asian Prints and Drawings, and Dr. Dennis Lanigan, collector and donor of the drawings in the exhibition. For nearly twenty years, Dr. Lanigan has enriched the Gallery’s collection with regular gifts of British works from the Victorian era. In conversation with Sonia Del Re, Dr. Lanigan will share his passion for art and the history of his collection.
Pre-Raphaelite Illustration: A Selection from the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
6 October to 31 December 2015
In the Library and Archives
Against the backdrop of a rapidly expanding desire for books and advances in printing techniques that allowed publishers to meet this growing demand, book illustration was elevated to a high art during the nineteenth century. This tendency was particularly evident in works produced by members of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in England from the mid-1850s until the 1890s. Several prominent artists were active as illustrators during the century, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Edward Burne-Jones among them, and they worked in tandem with skilled engravers such as the Dalziel brothers and Joseph Swain. On view in the National Gallery of Canada Library, this related exhibition will highlight outstanding examples of Pre-Raphaelite illustrated books from the Library collection.