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Gothic Beauty: Victorian notions of love, loss and spirituality

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Julia deVille, Sentience 2012, stillborn deer, rubies 18.45 ct, pear-cut garnet 0.7 ct, 18 ct, white gold, sterling silver, bronze, black rhodium and antique platter. Collection Bendigo Art Gallery. Photo: Terence Bogue. Image reproduced courtesy of the artist.

Gothic Beauty: Victorian notions of love, loss and spirituality

6 Oct 2018 - 10 Feb 2019

The publication of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto in 1764, marked a turning point in literature, art and society, sparking a keen interest in dark, psychological narratives with a focus on a heightened emotional state.

 By the early nineteenth century Gothic literature had become commonplace and had particular appeal to middle and upper class women as both writers and readers.

These thrilling stories undoubtedly offered an escape from the sheltered and dull lives dictated for them by society. These ideals were manifested through art and society and Gothic Beautytakes inspiration from the earliest incarnations; traversing the physical embodiment through an exploration of the regimented ritual of mourning in the Victorian era to the metaphysical through art and literature.

This exhibition traces the Victorian gothic into contemporary art, bringing together the work of a variety of artists who explore these ideas including: Bill Henson, Jess Johnson, Jane Burton, Janet Beckhouse and Julia deVille.


Image: Julia deVille, Sentience 2012, stillborn deer, rubies 18.45 ct, pear-cut garnet 0.7 ct, 18 ct, white gold, sterling silver, bronze, black rhodium and antique platter. Collection Bendigo Art Gallery. Photo: Terence Bogue. Image reproduced courtesy of the artist.

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