Tate Britain Private view

Scented Visions: A multisensory tour of the Pre-Raphaelites exhibition and private view

Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, ‘Mariana’ 1851
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, Mariana 1851. Tate
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, ‘Mariana’ 1851
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt
Mariana 1851

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.

Tate Britain

London SW1P 4RG
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12 September 2012 at 18.30–19.30

12 September 2012 at 20.00–21.00

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