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The Whitewash

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.

Both Antony and Cleopatra are light-skinned and shown in incongruous 16th-century costume in Tiepolo’s vision of The Banquet of Cleopatra. Join us as we explore race, representation and the Renaissance in the last talk of the series.

This event is presented in partnership with NGV.


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 ... Read more

Odette Kelada

Odette Kelada is a Lecturer in Creative Writing in the School of Culture and Communication. She has a PhD in literature researching the lives of Australian women writers.  Her writing focuses on marginalised voices, gender and racial literacy, and has appeared in numerous publications including the... Read more

Abdul Abdullah

Abdul Abdullah is an artist from Perth, currently based in Sydney, who works across painting, photography, video, installation and performance. As a self described ‘outsider amongst outsiders’, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of the ‘other’ in society. Abdullah’s pr... Read more


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

180 St Kilda Road Melbourne Victoria 3000

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