An Exclusive Online Talk for Members of the Ashmolean

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Exclusively for Members

With Matthew Winterbottom, Assistant Keeper and Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Ashmolean

Ashmolean curator, and curator of upcoming exhibition Colour Revolution, Matthew Winterbottom, will talk about this ground-breaking exhibition and research project that challenges widely held perceptions that the Victorian age was dark and gloomy.

Paintings, sculptures, furniture, textiles, and jewellery by major Victorian artists and designers will show that this was in fact one of the most colourful periods in British history.

As well as reviving the rich colours of the ancient and medieval past, of the Middle East, India, China and Japan, artists and designers embraced the new vivid hues which technological and scientific advances made possible.

The talk will be available to watch live on Zoom and a recording will be shared with ticketholders on request, following the event.

Jove Decadent, Despres del ball by Ramon Casas, 1899, a beautiful oil painting showing a young woman reclining on a green chaise long, wearing a black dress and holding a yellow book

'Jove Decadent, Despres del ball', Ramon Casas, oil on canvas, 1899. Image © Museu de Montserrat

About the Illuminating Insights series

The Illuminating Insights series of monthly talks, conceived by our Member Events volunteer team, will offer supporters an intimate look behind the scenes of the Museum's collections. Each talk will be led by one of our curators or Museum experts exploring some of the more unusual, little-known Ashmolean treasures, and including a look at current research projects and conservation work. At the end of each talk there will be a Q&A for attendees to exchange views with our experts.


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