• Exhibitions

Gothic Beauty: Victorian notions of love, loss and spirituality

Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria, 3550
Until 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 Beauty takes 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.

Content: Bendigo Art Gallery
Facilities:
  • Café
  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Public toilet
  • Shop
Accessibility:
  • Disabled access available, contact operator for details
Entry cost:

Free entry

Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo, Victoria, 3550

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