The HKU Museum Society is delighted to present a guided viewing of Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from The National Gallery, London with Greg Thomas.
Organised by the Hong Kong Palace Museum and the National Gallery, London, this exhibition is the first showcase of the Gallery’s prestigious painting collection in Hong Kong. It features 52 of the world’s finest masterpieces painted by fifty influential artists, spanning more than 400 years of Western art history.
The paintings on view, dating to the 15th to early 20th century, encompass the most significant turning points in the history of art, from the Renaissance to impressionism and post-impressionism, represented by some of the world’s most revered artists, including Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Goya, Turner, Constable, Monet, and Van Gogh.
Professor Greg Thomas earned his Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University in 1995 and has taught at HKU since 1999. A specialist in 19th-century French painting, he has published Art and Ecology in Nineteenth-Century France: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau (Princeton UP, 2000) and Impressionist Children: Childhood, Family, and Modern Identity in French Art (Yale UP, 2010). Subsequent research has focused primarily on artistic interactions between Europe and China in the 18th and 19th centuries, including a current book project focused on the palace of Yuanmingyuan. At HKU, he teaches an introductory survey of western art history and advanced courses on 18th- and 19th-century art and architecture.
Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830)
Oil on canvas
© The National Gallery, London