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Painting as Protest in the Prisons of the French Revolution

Senior Curator of International Art at the Auckland Art Gallery, Dr Sophie Matthiesson will be hosting an online talk introducing a series of landscapes painted on plates by French artist Hubert Robert during the French Revolution, then a imprisoned as a political suspect during the Terror, and which are currently exposed in the Musée Carnavalet, Paris.

Painting as protest in the prisons of the French Revolution

Tuesday 13 April 2021, from 7.30 to 8.30pm

Online event

Free for Gallery and Mackelvie Society Members

Left - Hubert Robert, 1794, Musée Carnavalet, Paris. Right - Dr Sophie Matthiesson

Dr Sophie Matthiesson is the Senior Curator at the Auckland Art Gallery overlooking the Gallery’s historical and modern international collection.


This event is part of the Mackelvie Society Lecture Series 2021:

  • 9 March 2021: Treasures of the Grand Tour: Italy through British eyes

  • 13 April 2021: Painting as protest in the prisons of the French Revolution

  • 8 June 2021: Howard Hodgkin and India

  • 13 July 2021: Monet’s Garden and the Japanese Bridge

  • 7 September 2021: Ben Nicholson, Piet Mondrian and the quest for precision


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