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Second Year Art Gallery Visit - MG: LITERATURE&LIFE

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We all enjoyed our visit to the halls of the Nineteenth Century (Romanticism and Victorianism) at the NSW Art Gallery visit yesterday. The highlight was Ford Madox Brown's monumental painting of Chaucer (Geoffrey Chaucer- father of English Literature) reading at the court of Edward III: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Chaucer, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_III_of_England. Madox Brown, one of the great pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, was - in the middle of the 19th Century- trying to bring people back to the amazing world of the pre-Renaissance: a world of purity, art, culture, Life.... all the values missing (they[P.B.] thought) missing from Victorian England: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Raphaelite, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Madox_Brown. Madox Brown's most famous work "Work"! is featured in the Norton Gallery (text) and is central to understanding how the Victorians thought about themselves... take a closer look: http://www.victorianweb.org/painting/fmb/paintings/hikim2.html (incidentally this web link [victorianweb] is one of the best literary web sites in existence... it is worth looking around it... brilliant. Also look at:
http://www.manchestergalleries.org/ford-madox-brown/. Here is Madox Brown's painting we explored in the gallery yesterday:

And here are some of our appreciative onlookers:


And here is our last group caught in the process of trying to find "the odd man out"- which was the Romantic Painting in this gallery of Enlightenment Extravaganza!???

See you all next week.....
Shakespereans... in the Shakespeare room at the State Library... don't be late 9.45am Tuesday!
MG


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From:lizkaras
Date:March 19th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)

fate/coincidence??

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I love Ford Madox Brown and was thrilled to be studying him in my Art History & Theory class today. To then log in and see him on my Literature Lecturer's LJ was short of astounding. Thanks for sharing (and now I definitely cannot wait for second year literature!)
Liz
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From:michaelgriffith
Date:March 19th, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)

Re: fate/coincidence??

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That is pretty amazing... shows what an interdisciplinary place we actually are!!!!
Thanks for the comment Liz
MG
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From:michaelgriffith
Date:March 25th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Hi Justine.... strange as it may seem I was actually talking about YOU to my students this very morning... sharing with them how you had contacted me some months ago to tell me how useful you were still finding LJ as part of your professional equipment. This is great news. Let me know how it goes... and of course I will always be happy to help out with ideas, suggestions etc.... but chances are you will be able to help me by letting me know how the technology translates into the schoolroom... thanks for being in touch!
MG
so there is still room for LJ - despite Facebook!
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From:michaelgriffith
Date:March 26th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
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To share your experiences with our students!?? you are ON... that is fabulous... let me know when you feel ready to do this. They would love it and you would be a STAR!
Cheers
MG
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From:michaelgriffith
Date:May 25th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
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HI Justine- are you still coming out here with your students- would love to catch up and hear how you are going with it all.... I am in this week... I think you said Tuesday.... let me know.
Cheers
MG
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