Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, 'Mariana' 1851

Sir John Everett Millais, Bt
Mariana 1851
Oil on wood (mahogany)
support: 597 x 495 x 15 mm frame: 876 x 767 x 55 mm
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery 1999

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This is a unique opportunity to explore the works in the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition through the sense of smell during an exclusive private view. Christina Bradstreet and Odette Toilette lead an ambulatory tour of the exhibition to explore the historical associations of scent and its influence upon the interpretation of the paintings. Expect an adventure through scents and perfumes.

Odette Toilette is the purveyor of olfactory experiences who runs Scratch+Sniff events, which offer audiences alternative ways of discovering the world of perfume. Odette has hosted events at institutions including the Wellcome Collection, The Natural History Museum, Salon London and Harrogate International Festivals.

Christina Bradstreet researches the role of smell in nineteenth-century art and aesthetics. She is currently writing a book on the subject of representation of scent in painting and visual media as well as the introduction of perfume into early performance art. She has lectured and published on Victorian art and was recently Paul Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow.

This event is related to the exhibition Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde