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Fame, Feast and Femme Fatale: The Banquet of Cleopatra

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at 17th to 18th Century European Paintings Gallery, Level 2, NGV International

The Legend

The legend of Cleopatra has everything: opulence, power, seduction and celebrity.

The audacious power plays and tumultuous love affairs of the last queen of Egypt have captivated artists, musicians, filmmakers and writers for more than 2000 years.

The Banquet of Cleopatra (1743-44) by Giambattista Tiepolo is a prized painting in the NGV Permanent Collection. Discover the provenance and meaning of Tiepolo’s scene of outrageous extravagance across three Sundays in October, with talks and performances each week hosted by senior curator Ted Gott.

The love affair between Cleopatra and Roman general Mark Antony is among the most famous in history, and has been told again and again for centuries. Why does this tragic story continue to inspire creative people?

This event is presented in partnership with NGV.

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Who?

Portrait of Ted Gott

Ted Gott

Ted Gott is Senior Curator of International Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. After studying at the University of Melbourne, the British Museum, Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago, he previously worked at the Robert Holmes-à-Court Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Australia.

He has curated and co-curated more than 25 exhibitions, including The Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay (2004), Kiss of the Beast: From Paris Salon to King Kong (2005), Modern Britain 1900-1960 (2007), Salvador Dalí: Liquid Desire (2009), Napoleon: Revolution to Empire (2012), Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great (2015), Degas: A New Vision (2016) and Van Gogh and the Seasons (2017).

He has published widely on Australian, British and French art, and in 2013 co-authored a cultural history of the gorilla in 19th and 20th Century art, literature, scientific discourse and cinema (Gorilla, Reaktion Press, London).

Portrait of Ali Alizadeh

Ali Alizadeh

Ali Alizadeh is a writer and academic, based in Melbourne. 

Portrait of Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is a Melbourne based maker, performer, dramaturg and director. He trained at the VCA (Performance Creation, Directing) and Monash (Performing Arts), has studied with Philippe Gaulier and is an International Fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe in London. 

Portrait of Sophie Lampel

Sophie Lampel

Sophie Lampel trained at The University of Ballarat (Performing Arts) and is an International Fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre London. She works as an actor, theatre producer and pilates instructor. Her main producing work is with the creation, development and management of Essential Theatre. The company recently collaborated with Three Birds Theatre on their new work Enter Ophelia which had a sell out season at La Mama in early 2018. 

Fame, Feast and Femme Fatale: The Banquet of Cleopatra

The legend of Cleopatra has everything: opulence, power, seduction and celebrity.

The audacious power plays and tumultuous love affairs of the last queen of Egypt have captivated artists, musicians, filmmakers and writers for more than 2000 years.

The Banquet of Cleopatra (1743-44) by Giambattista Tiepolo is a prized painting in the NGV Permanent Collection. Discover the provenance and meaning of Tiepolo’s scene of outrageous extravagance across three Sundays in October, with talks and performances each week hosted by senior curator Ted Gott.

This event is presented in partnership with NGV.

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