BSR Online Lecture | Searching for the contemporary: the British Fine Arts Palace at the 1911 International Arts Exhibition, Rome

WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE 18.00–19.30 CET

Harriet O’Neill (BSR)

This virtual lecture will take place using the online platform, Zoom.

In 1911, in response to an invitation from the Italian government, the wealthier amongst the European nations opened pavilions in the Valle Giulia, Rome displaying ‘…representative collections of pictures, sculpture, drawings and engravings’ to celebrate 50 years of a unified Italy. This paper will examine the British contribution to the exhibition in relation to British identity and politics and ask what role ‘modern’ art played in constructing these narratives.

Dr Harriet O’Neill undertook her BA in History at the University of Oxford and holds MAs in History of Art and Art Museum and Gallery Studies. Her PhD, ‘Reframing the Italian Renaissance at the National Gallery’ was a collaboration between UCL and the National Gallery, London. She has held curatorial positions at the National Gallery and Royal Holloway, University of London and published articles on frames and framing, scenography and nineteenth-century ornament. Harriet is currently Assistant Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the British School at Rome and an Honorary Research Associate of Royal Holloway.

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