Angelica Kauffman, Portrait of a Lady, c.1775
Angelica Kauffman, Portrait of a Lady, c.1775. Photo © Tate. CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0.
Joan Carlile, Portrait of an Unknown Lady, 1650–5
Joan Carlile, Portrait of an Unknown Lady, 1650–5. Photo © Tate. CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0.
Mary Beale, Portrait of a Young Girl, c.1681
Mary Beale, Portrait of a Young Girl, c.1681. Photo © Tate. CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0.
Victoria Munn (New Zealand) is a researcher, currently pursuing a PhD, supported by a full scholarship at the University of Auckland. Titled Flowing Tresses, Victoria’s doctoral thesis analyses extant cosmetic receipts to consider the practical treatment and cultural history of hair in early modern Europe. Her topic builds upon her recently completed Masters in Art History, which examined the transmission of female beauty ideals and practices in early modern Italy and France. In 2019, she completed her Certificate in Languages in Italian and spent several months in Venice conducting research for her thesis.
As a Brooks Fellow in partnership with Tate, during her residency Victoria will work in conjunction with Tate teams to create a database of past exhibitions with artworks by historical women artists. This collection of data will enable patterns to be identified in the way women artists are and have been presented to audiences. These patterns will encompass factors such as terminology used to describe women artists’ practices, justification of their relevance and the attention afforded to familial arrangements.
Victoria has worked in several art institutions, including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o TÄmaki, Auckland Museum and Adam Art Gallery, and participated in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection internship programme in 2017. At Auckland Art Gallery, Victoria was involved in the curatorial development of an exhibition focused on Louise Henderson, a French-born New Zealand modernist. More recently, Victoria was charged with developing and curating an exhibition to celebrate the archival collections at Auckland University of Technology.
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