Ten minute talks at The National Gallery
A short scale piece of research at The National Gallery to develop two ten minute talks in response to the theme of Halloween. My research focused on Luca Giordano's Perseus turning Phineas and his Followers to Stone and Salvator Rosa's Witches at their incantation. Through exploring the galleries archives, I had access to curators letters, loans information and other historical records to create and give context to the paintings, whilst being able to draw on contemporary popular culture references.
Luca Giordano, Perseus turns Phineas and his followers to Stone c. early 1680s, Oil on canvas, 285 x 366cm (NG6487)
Themes and ideas explored; masculinity and the origin of the soap opera.
Salvator Rosa, Witches at their incantations c. 1646, Oil on canvas, 72 x 132cm (NG6491)
Themes and ideas explored; witchcraft, perceived femininity and a longing for love/relationship development.