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The Art of Travel

Sunday 7 May 2017, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Come on a visual tour of the East as seen through Western eyes. The tour begins in the Age of Exploration and continues with the opening up of the Spice Trade and the spread of Christianity. How the West saw the East during these early encounters will be illustrated with paintings, prints and photographs of the time. Intriguing travellers’ tales will enrich the story.

The depictions and stories will commence with Marco Polo who served at the 13th century court of the Kubilai Khan and move on to the launch of European colonial empires. Particular attention is given to paintings of the discovery by Vasco Da Gama of a direct sea route to India in 1498. In the 17th century merchants of the Dutch East India Company were already busy in Batavia and in the first half of the 19th century ‘The Flamboyant Mr (George) Chinnery’ was depicting British traders in Hong Kong and Macau. Soon afterwards the intrepid Victorian lady explorer Isabella Bird extensively documented her journeys in the East.

Professor Marie Conte-Helm OBE is an established NADFAS lecturer with a BA in History of Art and an MA in Asian Art.  Her research interests cover the artistic relationship between East and West and economic and cultural encounters between Japan and Britain.  She is currently Executive Director of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, a Visiting Professor at Northumbria University, on the Board of Governors for the University of Creative Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  She is widely published and has lectured throughout the UK and abroad.

Presented in association with the Wellington Decorative and Fine Arts Society.

Feature image: Detail from: Namban Screen. Portuguese Namban ships arriving for trade in Japan.
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, Sakura, Japan.


Members (Friends and WeDFAS) $10, students $10, non-members $20 (includes free parking)


Sunday 7 May 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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