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Keren Rosa Hammerschlag

Keren Rosa Hammerschlag

Keren Rosa Hammerschlag is a Lecturer in Art History and Curatorship in the Centre for Art History and Art Theory in the School of Art & Design at the Australian National University. Following the completion of her PhD in Art History at the Courtauld Institute or Art, she undertook a three-year Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London. From 2013-2018 she taught in Art History and Women’s and Gender Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century painting, and the intersections between art and medicine during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. She is the author of Frederic Leighton: Death, Mortality, Resurrection (Ashgate / Routledge; 2015) and numerous articles on Victorian neoclassicism and medical portraiture. She is currently writing a book about the representation of racial difference and racial hybridity in Victorian painting.

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London | National Gallery of Australia

ABR Arts 04 March 2021
It is hard not to marvel at the logistical challenges that must have faced the production of the National Gallery of Australia’s current blockbuster exhibition, Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London. Amid a global pandemic that has effectively brought international travel to a halt, the NGA has made it possible for Australians to view some of the most important p ... (read more)

Hugh Ramsay (National Gallery of Australia)

ABR Arts 03 December 2019
‘Australia I think does not yet realise what she has lost in him but she will in time & I & some others I know will do what we can to make his memory live.’ Letter from John Longstaff to John Ramsay, 3 October 1906   It is with the artist John Longstaff’s words of condolence, quoted above, that the Hugh Ramsay exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra dr ... (read more)

Monet: Impression Sunrise (National Gallery of Australia)

ABR Arts 12 June 2019
Claude Monet, Haystacks, midday [Meules, milieu du jour], 1890, oil on canvas, 65.6 x 100.6 cm (Purchased 1979 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra) What makes this Monet exhibition different from any other Monet exhibition? This was the question at the forefront of my mind as I approached the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition Monet: Impression Sunrise. As one would expect, it is an ... (read more)

Love and Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate (National Gallery of Australia)

ABR Arts 13 December 2018
The National Gallery of Australia’s current Pre-Raphaelite survey exhibition, co-curated by Carol Jacobi from Tate and Lucina Ward from the NGA, feels like a family reunion. John Everett Millais’s Ophelia (1851–52) and John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott (1888) have made the long voyage from England to join stellar works from Australian collections, such as Roddam Spencer Stanhop ... (read more)

John Russell: Australia’s French Impressionist (Art Gallery of New South Wales)

ABR Arts 26 July 2018
John Russell (1858–1930) is an artist who has largely fallen through the cracks of art history. Neither Australian enough to be incorporated into the history of Australian art, nor French enough to be recognised as a major player in histories of French art, Russell has been consistently overlooked – until now. The major retrospective of his work curated by Wayne Tunnicliffe, currently on disp ... (read more)