Seeing scent

Wednesday 13 June, 1–1.30pm

Room A

Christina Bradstreet

Admission free, donations welcome

Looking at Fantin-Latour’s Basket of Roses, we might say “I can almost smell the roses”, even though we know that scent can never really be captured by the artist.

In this talk, Gallery expert Christina Bradstreet discusses how some late 19th-century artists set out to paint the perfume of flowers, believing that although the eyes cannot smell, they could come close to it.

Lunchtime talks

Focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.

Image above: Detail from Ignace-Henri-Théodore Fantin-Latour, A Basket of Roses, 1890